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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 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

Cross Post: Some Depressing Stats about Female Comedy Directors

Last week, I wrote about how rare it is to be a female director especially a female comedy director. Well, we decided to do some research and find out exactly how rare it is - here are the results.
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  • April 17, 2013 11:30 AM
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Zadie Smith on Granta and Women's Prize for Fiction Lists

The truly great Zadie Smith is up for the Women's Prize for Fiction for her most recent novel, NW. Smith is also on Granta's 2013 list of the 20 most promising British authors under 40--a list that this year is primarily women and is including authors of diverse backgrounds.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 17, 2013 10:01 AM
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Rosario Dawson Gives Some Real Talk on the Reality for Actresses

In a recent interview, Rosario Dawson gave some honest talk about the disturbing reality of being an actress in Hollywood. She says she's come to meetings with producers with them looking at pictures of actresses on websites for so-called inspiration. However, if those pictures aren't inspiring enough, Dawson says that an actress might not get hired.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Cicely Tyson on Her Career, New Broadway Role and Making a Difference

The great Cicely Tyson was recently profiled on CBS News for her new role on Broadway. Tyson, an award-winning actress, hasn't been on the Broadway stage in 30 years. She's starring in a revival of the 1953 drama The Trip to Bountiful, staged for the first time with a black cast. Tyson plays Mother Watts, an aging woman who wants to leave Houston to return back to her childhood home, Bountiful.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 16, 2013 1:00 PM
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Dame Maggie Smith Honored with Portrait at National Portrait Gallery

Last week, Dame Maggie Smith was honored with a new painting of her which will hang at the National Portrait Gallery.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 16, 2013 12:00 PM
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San Francisco International Film Festival Unveils Line Up

Last week, the 56th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival announced their line up. This will be the first festival with Ted Hope at the helm since he took over the Executive Director position of the San Francisco Film Society in the Fall.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 16, 2013 11:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The English Teacher - Co-Written by Stacy Chariton

The English Teacher, co-written by Stacy Chariton and starring Julianne Moore follows an English teacher in a small town who gets involved with a former student. Here's a description from the press materials.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 16, 2013 10:00 AM
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Sofia Coppola Talks Her Directing Style for DGA Quarterly

Sofia Coppola is known for an aesthetically gorgeous certain kind of film about people in some sort of life transition, wanting to become something else. As Coppola herself says in the Spring 2013 profile of her in the DGA Quarterly, "I don't make the kind of movies that lend themselves to wide releases."
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 15, 2013 2:00 PM
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Cross Post: The Host: Less Anti-Feminist than Twilight, but Hardly a Sisterhood Manifesta

I readily admit I did not read The Host. I couldn't face it after immersing myself in all things Twilight while researching my book Seduced by Twilight. I started it, but less than 20 pages in I couldn't stomach any more of Stephenie Meyer's purple, flaccid prose. No, I agree with Nicki Gerlach--that "Meyer is not a particularly concise or elegant writer, never saying in one sentence what she could hammer at for three."
  • By Natalie Wilson
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  • April 15, 2013 12:30 PM
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The First Catching Fire Trailer

Last night the trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuted during the MTV Movie Awards.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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