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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Lucy Liu Talks About Racism in Hollywood

Lucy Liu graces the cover of online fashion magazine, Net-A-Porter's Graphic Issue. Liu discusses some of the usual interview tropes--her sense of style, relationship status and her hit CBS show Elementary, where she plays Joan Watson--a decidedly modern and most interesting twist on the typical Sherlock Holmes story.
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  • May 15, 2013 1:00 PM
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France vs. US - What Do Movie Stars Looks Like?

As the Cannes Film Festival kicks off here is an infographic from French TV (and in French) that breaks down the difference between the US and French film industries.
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  • May 15, 2013 11:45 AM
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Why Women in Power Positions Matter

While we are stil digesting the bad news from yesterday with the release of statistics on the low amount of women onscreen in films, TV continues to be the bright spot regarding women's representation onscreen. But as the film study showed, having women in leadership behinds the scenes matters to what we see onscreen, and the recently renewed Nashville is a sterling example of the importance of women's leadership.
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  • May 15, 2013 11:00 AM
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Sundance: Tribeca Film & Well Go Pick Up Francesca Gregorini's Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes

After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Tribeca Film and Well Go have picked up Francesca Gregorini's Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes.
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  • May 15, 2013 10:00 AM
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Watch This: Barbara Walters Officially Announces Retirement

As we previously reported, the rumors swirling about Barbara Walters' retirement in 2014 were growing. Finally, the journalism legend confirmed and announced her retirement on The View yesterday.
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  • May 14, 2013 3:00 PM
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Kate Winslet to Star in Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet is going to star in Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker. Moorhouse has also written the script which is based on the novel by Rosalie Ham.
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  • May 14, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: August: Osage County - Starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts

August: Osage County, based on Tracy Letts' Pulitzer winning play, looks to be another powerhouse role for Meryl Streep. Streep plays Violet Weston, the troubled matriarch of the dysfunctional Weston family who have come back together in light of a family crisis.
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  • May 14, 2013 12:45 PM
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The Backlash Continues: Women Onscreen Falls to a Five Year Low

Make no mistake about it, no matter what you read or what people try and make you believe, things are not all roses and candy for women onscreen or behind the scenes in hollywood.
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  • May 14, 2013 11:36 AM
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Angelina Jolie's Courageous Revelation

In a courageous op-ed in today's New York Times, Angelina Jolie revealed that over the last several months she has undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy because she has BRCA1 gene.
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  • May 14, 2013 9:21 AM
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Pilot Update: ABC Picks Up 3 Women Created Pilots, CBS Picks Up 1

As the upfronts continue, the television news keeps coming out. ABC has picked up 3 women created pilots, including Super Fun Night from the hilarious Rebel Wilson and Trophy Wife from Emily Halpern and the very funny Sarah Haskins. CBS has picked up the gloriously soapy sounding Reckless from Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
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  • May 13, 2013 2:27 PM
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