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David Gordon Green Talks The Failure of 'Your Highness,' The Comfort of 'The Sitter,' & His Career Choices

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 9, 2011 4:40 PM
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David Gordon Green’s “The Sitter,” opening nationwide today, seems like the natural conclusion of a movement in the director’s career.

Box Office: 'Rio' First 2011 Release To Crack $40 Million Opening Weekend; 'Scream' Goes Quiet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 17, 2011 6:18 AM
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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: it’s been a dismal year at the box office. Studios have their fingers crossed in regards to a tepid-looking summer schedule, but many were hoping the season could be kick(punch)-started early with a strong April, as two new films were tracking well over $40 million this weekend. And it looks like those hopes are for naught, as the number one movie for this period looks to be Fox and Blue Sky’s animated “Rio,” clocking in juuuust about at $40 million for the three day weekend. Yes, Hollywood, it's taken more than four months to register year's first $40 million opening weekend.

Weekend Box Office: 'Hop' Defeats Four Newcomers; 'Your Highness' Flops Loudly And Rudely

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2011 4:48 AM
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Earlier in the year, the tepid box office returns were something to be ignored, as 2011 was competing with the previous year, with both “Avatar” and then the anomaly of “Alice In Wonderland” each raking in a cool billion. Well, it’s April, and it’s time for Hollywood to panic. There have been no genuine out-of-the-box hits so far this year and lots of flops, and the two (barely) $100 million grossers considered underperformers (“Rango” and “Just Go With It”). Let’s face it, part of it is a failure of marketing, but the blame must be laid on inadequate product. Even when it comes to the early year doldrums, this has been a banner year for garbage.

In Theaters: Will 'Hanna' Fight Off 'Your Highness' Or Will 'Arthur' Drink Up The Box Office?

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 8, 2011 4:11 AM
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2011 is apparently the anointed year of the Badass Chick, and this week we are double loaded with mini warrior assassin fairy Saorise Ronan in "Hanna" and bow-wielding Natalie Portman in "Your Highness" to erase that icky "Sucker Punch" feeling we've all been trying to scrub off. Oh and yeah, it just wouldn't be a weekend at the theater in 2011 without some kind of ill-advised remake, this week in the shape of "Arthur" with creeptastic Russell Brand.

Q&A: David Gordon Green On 'Your Highness,' The Musical Deleted Scene & Shooting Big FX Comedy

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 8, 2011 3:44 AM
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While arthouse heads may bemoan that David Gordon Green -- at least for the time being -- has left behind the dramatic character fare that marked his early work like "George Washington," "All The Real Girls" and "Undertow" they simply haven't been paying attention. From day one, Green has never hidden his enthusiasm for all things cinema from the artiest of obscure movies to big, dumb popcorn blockbusters. He's a true fan of film, with interests delving into nearly every genre and not constrained by invisible lines of what's approved, and there is no greater evidence of that than this weekend's "Your Highness." Starring James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Justin Theroux, the film isa massive homage to films like "Krull" and "The Dragonslayer" while mixing influences from road movies, quest films and yes, stoner pics. It's a winning and hilarious mash-up that also marks Green's most ambitiously staged big screen outing to date.

Q&A: Danny McBride Talks 'Your Highness,' The Allure & Pitfall Of Sequels & Staying On Budget

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 7, 2011 2:56 AM
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Comedian Talks About Potential 'Your Highness' And 'Pineapple Express' SequelsIf all goes according to plan this weekend, Danny McBride will wake up on Monday morning with comic stardom firmly within reach. For those who have been paying attention, McBride has been stealing scenes and building up a strong body of work over the past few years, with notable turns as the lead in "The Foot Fist Way," Rico in "Hot Rod," Cody the casual demolitions guy in "Tropic Thunder" and the good-hearted bro Red in "Pineapple Express." Of course, he is also the star of the cult HBO series "Eastbound & Down" as the boorish baseball player Kenny Powers. However, in "Your Highness," McBride has his biggest screen role yet as Thadeous the far less ambitious, pot smoking, lazy brother to the heroic Fabious (James Franco). The film is very much Thadeous' story as he goes from slouch to hero and McBride gets the lions share of the screentime and makes the most of it. We can't remember the last time an actor so elegantly and frequently used the word "fuck" in a variety of phrases, but McBride does so with hilarious aplomb combined with a slacker attitude that makes for a great performance all around.

David Gordon Green Talks His Musical Dream Project, Reveals Script Remake Of 'Ice Station Zebra'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 5, 2011 8:40 AM
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Director Wants To Make A Musical About Rival Musical Families In Branson, MissouriDavid Gordon Green's early career is a wet dream for up-and-coming, aspiring filmmakers. Lyrical, poetic and still loose and beautiful in its form, most filmmakers would kill to have something as good as his debut film "George Washington" (which is part of the Criterion Collection) in their oeuvre. 2003's "All the Real Girls" continued in this vein, but injected a sense of subtle comedy (which we would see later) and indie quirk thanks to strong performances by Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Danny McBride (in his debut) and Patricia Clarkson.

Review: 'Your Highness' Is Fantasy That's Gloriously Absurd, Hilarious & Balls-Out Irreverent

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 5, 2011 5:41 AM
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The potential failure of something calling itself "Your Highness" and being marketed, in the most blatant of terms, as a medieval stoner movie, is fairly, er, high. These are untapped waters, and a fairly ballsy decision for Universal, after several big-budgeted near-bombs, to make a big budget, very-R-rated comedy that riffs on the esoteric spate of sword-and-sorcery movies from the 1980s (like Playlist favorite "Krull"). In short: it could have been truly, eye-rollingly awful.

David Gordon Green Says His Horror Remake Of 'Suspiria' Is Hopefully Next

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 28, 2011 4:55 AM
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Confirms Natalie Portman Was Once In Talks, But The Filmmaker Is Now Looking To Cast An UnknownExclusive: Filmmaker David Gordon Green is a busy guy. He's got both "Your Highness" and "The Sitter" hitting this year, and he's moving into television, with "Good Vibes" on MTV, and "Black Jack" at Comedy Central. Beyond that, his long-rumored remake of "Suspiria" looks like it will be next on his feature-film horizon. We spoke to Green in regards to "Your Highness" this weekend, which opens a week from Friday (April 8), and got the story on old school horror fans' most anticipated remake.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Your Highness' Gives The Words "Boobie Trap" A Whole New Meaning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 5:59 AM
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A new red band trailer for David Gordon Green's "Krull" meets "Pineapple Express" medieval stoner pic "Your Highness" has landed and yes, it's pretty damn funny and it looks like it's fully earning its R-rating.

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