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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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Female Producer to Finance Kathryn Bigelow's Next Film

Kathryn Bigelow is getting ready to start shooting her next indie flick now that she has secured financing from Annapurna Pictures which is run by Megan Ellison.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2011 10:10 AM
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Fighting for Crumbs - Women Vying for Batman Roles

This is one thing I hate about Hollywood. There was a story that made its rounds in the blogosphere over the last couple of days about how top tier actresses like Keira Knightley and Anne Hathaway and some up and comers like Charlotte Reilly are all vying for the two female leads in the next Batman films.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2011 10:04 AM
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Sexism Watch: New Fox Pilot Title - I Hate My Teenage Daughter

The Television Critics Association meeting in going on in LA so there is a lot of TV news coming out. A new pilot script was just picked up by Fox entitled I Hate My Teenage Daughter.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2011 10:03 AM
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Rooney Mara Pictures as Lisbeth Salander

In this great preview piece in W by Lynn Hirschberg on director David Fincher, there are some new photos of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2011 10:01 AM
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Awards Watch: The DGA Doc Nominees - No Women Included

Isn't it supposed to be better for women in the doc world? Haven't there been extraordinary movies by women documentarians made this year? But still there are NO women included in the final five for the DGA award for outstanding documentary.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2011 9:59 AM
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Miriam O'Reilly Wins Age Discrimination Suit Against the BBC

Miriam O'Reilly was a presenter on Countryfile on the BBC in 2009 when she was replaced. She claimed she was replaced because of her gender and her age. She was 51. She refused to settle and went to court and yesterday was vindicated. The count of gender discrimination was dismissed.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 12, 2011 9:58 AM
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Sexism Watch: ABC New Pilot Title

According to EW, ABC is about to pick up a new series entitled Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 12, 2011 9:58 AM
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No Women Nominated for DGA Awards

My screen saver is a picture of Kathryn Bigelow holding her two Oscars. Each day when my computer boots up that is the first image I see. I never expected a woman to win best director and best picture last year (though I was hopeful), and I sure don't expect it this year (because I am a realist), but it is an image that I hold onto because it shows what it possible.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 11, 2011 9:54 AM
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The Hailee Steinfeld Nomination Debate

As the debate about Oscar nominations concludes this week, one interesting conversation that has been going on is the debate about whether True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld should be placed in the best actress or best supporting actress category.
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  • January 10, 2011 9:53 AM
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Raven Symone on Her Recent Weight Loss

Raven Symone showed up last week at the People's Choice Awards looking notable slimmer. Clearly, she was under pressure to lose weight because this is the comment she made when asked about her figure:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 10, 2011 9:50 AM
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