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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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Emma Watson to Receive MTV's Trailblazer Award

Emma Watson is set to receive MTV's second annual Trailblazer award which honors young actors who have created their own unique path in the industry. Last year's recipient was Emma Stone.
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  • April 3, 2013 11:00 AM
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New Trailer Watch: Midnight's Children - Directed by Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children, adapted from Salman Rushdie's novel, follows two children Saleem and Shiva, who are born just at the moment where India regains its freedom from Britain. The two are switched in the hospital, each leading the life meant for the other while their lives continue to be mysteriously entangled.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 3, 2013 10:10 AM
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SXSW Review - The Other Shore

Diana Nyad is a warrior. There has never been a woman so aptly named after a Goddess. The Other Shore tells the story of Nyad's attempts to accomplish the near impossible feat, swimming the 103 treacherous from Cuba to Florida. As the documentary - directed by Timothy Wheeler - unfolds Nyad is considering taking on the swim 30 years after she had left the pool for good. She did not swim a stroke for 30 years. After retiring from swimming she went on to become a great sports broadcaster, but this unaccomplished feat, had been gnawing at her for three decades and so at 60, she decides to go for it. The training is brutal. Her intensity is beyond belief. You think she's a bit "cra cra" to be even trying this, but you are sucked into this completely super human feat.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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Watch This: Jewel as June Carter Cash in Lifetime's 'Ring of Fire'

Singer Jewel will be starring as June Carter Cash in Lifetime's television movie, Ring of Fire. Directed by the great Allison Anders (director of Gas, Food Lodging), the press materials describe the film as following Carter Cash's life.
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  • April 2, 2013 1:00 PM
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Cross Post: Chastain, "Roles for Women Have Taken a Step Back"

It's refreshing to read a quote from an actress working today willing to criticize the kinds of roles offered to women now in Hollywood. Sure, it's easy to get attention if you put on a bikini or a talk about sex. But women as actual people in film now? RARE. Said Chastain:
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • April 2, 2013 11:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Venus and Serena - Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major

Check out the trailer for Venus and Serena, directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. The documentary gives us a look into the lives of bad-ass, iconic tennis powerhouses Venus and Serena Williams from their childhood to dominating a sport that wasn't welcoming to the pair.
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  • April 2, 2013 10:00 AM
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Thank you Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters may be leaving our television screens next year. The legendary television personality is reportedly retiring in 2014, and leaving her co-created show, The View after co-hosting it for 17 seasons.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: John Legend

John Legend is completely swoon-worthy. He's an extremely talented and good looking musician. Oh and he's an outspoken feminist.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 1, 2013 1:15 PM
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Anne Hathaway and Chloe Grace Moretz Sign onto Lynn Shelton's Laggies

When Women and Hollywood interviewed Lynn Shelton earlier in the year at Sundance, she mentioned her next project, Laggies, written by Andrea Seigel. Shelton described it about a twentysomething woman, who is passive in her life. When her longtime boyfriend proposes, she freaks out and hides out with her new best friend, a 16 year old girl.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 1, 2013 12:30 PM
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Melissa McCarthy to be CinemaCon's 2013 Female Star of the Year

The very funny Melissa McCarthy will be receiving CinemaCon's 2013 Female Star of the Year award. Previous winners have included Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Heigl, Anne Hathaway and Rachel McAdams.
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  • April 1, 2013 11:30 AM
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