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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

Weekly Update May 31: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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  • May 31, 2013 2:00 PM
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Guest Post Rerun: American Mary Sets Out to Modify the Way You Think About Women in Horror

Originally published on October 30th. American Mary opens in limited release today and is available on VOD.
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  • May 31, 2013 12:36 PM
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Feminist of the Day: Patrick Stewart Talks Violence Against Women

Sir Patrick Stewart has always been an outspoken advocate on violence against women speaking out at conferences and organizations. This past weekend, Stewart was at Comicpalooza in Texas. When Stewart fan, Heather Skye thanked Stewart for his Amnesty International speech that helped her to deal with the abuse she had suffered from in her life, she asked him to share what he was most proud of in his life other than acting.
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  • May 31, 2013 11:22 AM
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Watch This: BBC's Up The Women - Written by and Starring Jessica Hynes

Premiering tonight on BBC Four is Jessica Hynes's (star/co-writer of the cult hit Spaced) Up The Women--a sitcom set in 1910 about suffragettes.
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  • May 30, 2013 1:48 PM
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Glenn Close to Join Guardians of the Galaxy

The amazing Glenn Close is about to join Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy as head of the Nova Cops--a space police force.
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  • May 30, 2013 12:37 PM
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Book Excerpt: Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Treva Silverman is an Emmy winning television writer known for her work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. You can find more information on Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted here and here.
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  • May 30, 2013 11:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Paloma - Written and Directed by Julia Stiles on WIGS

As we've previously reported, Julia Stiles has made herself a force on the hit YouTube channel, WIGS that does scripted dramas and features with female leads. Stiles is currently starring in Blue, a series that focuses on a single mother who works as a highly paid escort to pay the bills.
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  • May 30, 2013 10:15 AM
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New Clip from Mara Brock Akil's Being Mary Jane - Starring Gabrielle Union

We reported back in September that powerhouse Mara Brock Akil with husband/development partner Salim Akil were creating a new show for BET, Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union.
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  • May 29, 2013 2:18 PM
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Blue is the Warmest Color Author Slams Sex Scenes in Film Adaptation

Everyone has been buzzing about Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color throughout all of Cannes and even more since its win of the coveted Palme d'Or. The three hour lesbian drama, received the prize the same day that anti-gay marriage protests, which was legalized earlier in the month, were taking place. It is the first lesbian themed film to win the Palme d'Or.
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  • May 29, 2013 12:55 PM
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Heather Graham Talks About Roles for Women, Sexuality and Expectations

Last week, we reported that Michelle Rodriguez, fed up with the writing of female characters, has been doing her own writing. And it looks like Heather Graham is doing the same thing.
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  • May 29, 2013 11:05 AM
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