Anger is taking the place of reason in the dialogue about sexual harassment in Hollywood, but positive opportunities could still emerge, as we discuss on Episode #14 of The Bart & Fleming Podcast. Filmmakers are fighting to liberate their films from companies like The Weinstein Co., and spending major dollars on re-cutting negatives to permit removal of accused harassers.
Greta Gerwig is buzzing around Hollywood this week, smiling patiently while interviewers heap praise on her. Her oddly titled new movie, Lady Bird, is not only superbly crafted, but also a rarity – a successful directing debut. As such, she replicates the achievement of Jordan Peele, who earlier this year directed his first movie, a major hit titled Get Out. Then there’s Aaron Sorkin, whose first directing effort, Molly’s Game, also is stoking the award fires.
The ghost of Harvey Weinstein hovers over the awards season. Agents and producers who came of age in the alpha male culture aren’t sleeping well as last-minute casting changes are made, movies are cancelled and charges are exchanged and denied. Filmmakers are being put to the test, as with director Taylor Sheridan and the cast of Wind River, who fought to seize control of their film from The Weinstein Company. Oscars voters are having trouble focusing on the excellent product amid the chaos.
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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".