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Why American Hustle Should Win the Best Picture Oscar

25 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Every day, from now until the weekend of the 2014 Academy Awards, HeyUGuys will be publishing an article championing one of the nine films in contention for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. We will be collecting them all here, where you can find the previous articles.

Today we turn our attention to David O. Russell’s latest, American Hustle, whose long con seduced many with its evocative, heightened 70s bewitchery. Oscars may indeed a certainty, but does it deserve the grand prize? Cai Ross makes the case…

American Hustle is a film about the intricate means by which we deceive and fictionalise our entire lives to no good end, and the rescue which honesty and truth can potentially bring. Not only is it the best film of last year, but it is also the final proof of the Electric Light Orchestra’s standing as a truly great soundtrack band – but that’s by the by and, »

- Cai Ross

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The 21st Century’s Best New Comedy Stars

31 January 2014 4:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Given that we are already over 13 years into this century, that has been plenty of time for new stars of all different varieties to establish themselves. Actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Cillian Murphy and even Gerard Butler have either arrived on our screens or firmly established themselves this side of 2000. But what of comedy performers?

Although historically the route taken by comedy performers has been from comic to dramatic roles (Jim Carrey goes from Ace Ventura to The Truman Show, Steve Martin goes from The Jerk to The Spanish Prisoner, Adam Sandler goes from Happy Gilmore to Punch Drunk Love, Will Ferrell goes from Anchorman to Stranger than Fiction) we are increasingly seeing actors with a background in dramatic roles showing themselves to have serious comedy chops too.

So, with a little artistic licence (we’ll allow actors who didn’t break into comedy until »

- Dave Roper

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Hollywood Loves A Good Con: Why We Need a System for Vetting Film Investors

21 January 2014 8:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Slated Editorial Director Colin Brown is back with the final installment essay in his series on packaging films.  You can check out Colin's writing on the filmonomics blog, and you can see this post in its original format here. Hollywood has always fallen hard for films about scam artists and their clever schemes. Even before "American Hustle" and "The Wolf Of Wall Street," there was "Catch Me If You Can," "House of Games," "The Spanish Prisoner," The Grifters, "The Sting," "Paper Moon" and seductive confidence artists stretching all the way back to "The Lady Eve" in 1941. The cons vary but the tricks remain much the same: victims are fooled into trusting in a stranger's good faith through greed, vanity, opportunism, desire, compassion, desperation and any other basic urge you can name. It is easy to see the greenlight appeal of such stories. Not so much because of Hollywood’s own history with charismatic charlatans, »

- Colin Brown

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