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It just so happens to be one year ago to the day since I and a handful of other lucky film writers/bloggers/journalists/fan boys/nerds/professionals/etc. all participated in the online press junket for David Gordon Green’s upcoming Universal Pictures medieval action romp, Your Highness, which was filmed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Damian Lewis, Toby Jones, and so many more. It also happens to be very nearly a year to the day since the movie was originally slated to open, but for many different reasons it has now been pushed back to April (one of which isn’t creative turmoil—the film is finished and the creative minds behind it are very pleased with the results).

I’m a rookie to this whole Hollywood publicity junket machine, but I think I can somewhat assuredly say, in all humility, that you are here right now to look at pictures, not read my verbal eloquence. Something like this, perhaps?

No? Too much testosterone for ya? Then how about we shift gears to something like this?

What’s that? We have a winner, you say?! Well I say that’s not good enough. As I have too personal of a connection to some of the very integral forces behind this wild-ass ride of a movie that was pitched to the studio as “Krull meets Barry Lyndon,” I find this image most stimulating:

Since we’re talking about anniversaries, there is another, perhaps more historic, anniversary that is occurring this month. Taking things back way further than 365 days, it was actually ten years ago that David Gordon Green’s George Washington screened at the prestigious New York Film Festival, just weeks before it arrived in theaters (thanks to the now defunct Cowboy Booking International). In the coming days, I will be revisiting these past ten years in order to hopefully explain why George Washington to Your Highness isn’t the inconceivably crazy leap that most people seem to think it is.

Don’t worry. There are many more images to come, as well as on-the-ground reportage from the set of Your Highness. Please keep checking Hammer to Nail this week for this, and other exciting, news. Thanks!

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Michael Tully was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest——for more sporadic personal updates.

  • slickrick

    George Washington was a brilliant work of art, but in all honesty it has been awhile since DGG has produced anything noteworthy. I look forward to Your Highness and have “high” hopes.

    October 6, 2010
  • Otukel

    George Washington, All the Real Girls, Undertow, Snow Angels, Pineapple Express…all good (if not great) films…now this! And he’s 35. I really hate this guy.

    October 6, 2010
  • Anonymous

    I see what you did there.

    November 13, 2010
  • April 7, 2011
  • As someone obsessed with knitting and nail polish – I LOVED this post!!!

    December 18, 2011
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