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 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 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

Interview with Abbie Cornish - Star of The Girl

Abbie Cornish is one of the most talented and interesting young women working in film today. She was introduced to the world in Cate Shortland's Sommersault but broke through in Jane Campion's Bright Star. It is her ability to be still and convey tons of emotion that set her apart. She takes on the role of Ashley a struggling young mother in South Texas right on the Mexican border who has lost her son to the system and lost herself in the process. She is willing to try anything to get her son and herself back. Her attempt has tragic consequences and in the aftermath she learns a lot of important lessons which help her on her road to get her life and her son back.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 14, 2012 12:00 PM
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Guest Post: From Film to Comics

The best career advice I got before graduating from film school (besides the cliché but true “It’s not a sprint it’s a marathon”) went something like this: You need to be open to the different paths your career can take, and be willing to embrace a different route to your dream. This is definitely true for any kind of creative career, especially something as fickle, unsteady, and unpredictable as film. If I hadn’t listened to this piece of advice, I never would have entertained the thought of writing comic books. I’d probably be crying in a corner somewhere, wondering why I wasn’t raking in the dough and winning Spirit Awards a year after graduation. I know Spirit Award winners aren’t necessarily buying yachts with their Black Amex, but when you’re naïve and green your dreams tend to be a little fantastical.
  • By Dina Gachman
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  • December 14, 2012 10:30 AM
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Golden Globe Noms Out But Who Cares We've Got a Video With Tina and Amy

I kind of think that the awards will be the after story of this year's Golden Globe ceremony which is scheduled for Janaury 13.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2012 4:20 PM
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No Women Directors Included in First Seven Films in 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

The 63rd annual Berlin International Film Festival has just announced the first six films in their competition line up.  Thus far, it’s not looking good for women. Of the 7 films announced today (one is a special screening), none are directed by women.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 13, 2012 3:51 PM
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Trailer Watch: Blancanieves (Spain's Oscar submission)

Spain's Oscar submission, Blancanieves, is a revisioning of the classic fairy tale Snow White. This iteration set in 1920's Spain, centers around a young female bullfighter, Carmen (Macarena García) and her evil stepmother, Encarna (Y Tu Mama Tambíen's Maribel Verdú). Knowing she's in danger, Carmen escapes with a group of traveling bullfighting dwarves and becomes a known bullfighter under the name Blancanieves.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 13, 2012 3:13 PM
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The NAACP Image Awards Nominations Ignore Ava DuVernay

Dear Nominators of the NAACP Image Awards:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2012 12:06 PM
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Anne Hathaway on Her Transformation in Les Mis

There’s a lot of Oscar buzz centered around the soon to be released Les Misérables, particularly for Anne Hathaway whose character, Fantine, is actually in the film the least amount of time.  First there was the issue of her hair.  Then there was the issue about how she also lost 25 pounds to portray Fantine realistically.
  • By Holly Rosen Fink
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  • December 12, 2012 2:00 PM
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Guest Interview: 'Flight' Actress Kelly Reilly On Playing A Heroine On Heroin

  • By Justine Ashley
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  • December 12, 2012 1:15 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Girl - Starring Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish stars in The Girl, as a young mother, Ashley, who loses custody of her young son because of a lack of money. When she decides to smuggle immigrants over the border for money, things take a turn for the worse, and Ashley is left to care for a young parentless Mexican girl. Cornish's performance is garnering great reviews.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 12, 2012 12:24 PM
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Angelina Jolie Wields Power over Salt 2 Script

Sony is reportedly negotiating with Becky Johnston to take over writing duties for Salt 2.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 12, 2012 11:00 AM
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