The Disaster Artist, an endearing tale of friendship about the making of The Room, a film generally considered one of the worst ever made, was one of the surprise hits of last year. Praised for its unique style and genuine warmth, the Oscar contender was not without precedent. Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994) lovingly tells the story of one of the worst directors in the history of the medium and his friendship with Bela Lugosi, the man who immortalised Dracula on screen.
Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest film winner at the 2018 Golden Globes, scooping four awards including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. It was an epochal moment for the writer-director, not least because he is on record as saying that films saved his life and one senses that his theatrical work was initially conceived as a means to break into the film industry.
Henri-Georges Clouzot was often regarded as the “French Hitchcock” yet even the master of suspense never quite managed to direct a film as lengthy and gripping as The Wages of Fear (1953). This, along with Les Diaboliques (a previous subject of this column), established Clouzot’s reputation as one of the finest filmmakers of the era despite a production plagued by difficulties and a relentlessly bleak tone without even the hint of a score beyond the creaks and drones of engines.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".