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

Study: Female Movie Stars' Paychecks Decrease Rapidly After Age 34

Don't tell Zooey Deschanel.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 4:00 PM
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Weekly Update for January 31: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A list of all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films opening on January 31.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 3:02 PM
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SXSW Festival Lineup Features 20 Features from Women Directors

Of the 115 features that will play at the South by Southwest Festival in March 7-15, women filmmakers will be represented in 21, or about 18%, of them.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 2:00 PM
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TV: Why Parenthood Is One of Television's Best Shows About Marriage

Over the show's run, Joel and Julia have reversed positions in their marriage in ways that have had disastrous consequences for them and their family.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • January 31, 2014 12:30 PM
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The Monuments Men Erases Women from History

In George Clooney's "male-washed" retelling of history, women are barely worth a mention. Blanchett is a token presence, and because she's the sole woman in this army of art lovers, she comes to represent the Exceptional Woman who is different from the rest of womankind -- the woman who's better than other women because she's like a man.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 11:30 AM
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Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks Reunite -- as Director and Producer

Ryan's going to do her comeback her way.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 10:25 AM
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Women and Hollywood February 2014 Film Preview

There's only a smattering of films directed, written, and about women on offer this upcoming month, but there are definitely a few gems in the mix.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 30, 2014 3:30 PM
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TV: Tea Leoni Cast as Star of Madam Secretary

With her sporty, no-nonsense appearance and intelligent demeanor, Leoni is a great choice.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 30, 2014 2:25 PM
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TV: Ellen DeGeneres' Lesbian Sitcom, Nahnatchka Khan's Asian Am Series, & More Pilot News

Good news continues to trickle in about the networks' fall pilot season.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 30, 2014 11:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Fault in Our Stars

The film adaptation hews closely to author John Green's talky dialogue and resistance to overt sentimentality.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 30, 2014 10:00 AM
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