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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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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Jane Fonda Talks About Her Life on the Eve of the Release of Peace Love and Misunderstanding

I'm the lucky girl who gets to go to the premiere tonight. Here she is talking to CBS This Morning. The film opens on Friday.
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  • June 4, 2012 10:02 AM
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Women's Film Opening - June 1, 2012

Pink Ribbons, Inc. (doc)
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  • June 1, 2012 1:04 PM
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'Snow White and the Huntsman'

If you have to deal with another version of Snow White (which I don't understand why we do) you would think that a kick-ass Snow White might be the answer to your prayers.  Not so much.  Kristen Stewart plays the princess held in the tower by the evil Queen Ravenna played by Charlize Theron.  The queen keeps her power and hold on the kingdom -- including her obsession with being the fairest of them all --  by living off the blood of young girls.  Charlize looks gorgeous and is exquisitely costumed yet has really not much to do aside from screaming "Get Me Snow White" to her creepy albino like brother with a very bad haircut.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 1, 2012 12:34 PM
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'Wish Me Away': Directed by Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf

Wish Me Away is the incredibly moving coming out story of country music star Chely Wright. When I read a little over a year ago that Wright (who I did not know at the time) had come out my first reaction was "big deal."  After you watch the film you realize how difficult this process was for Wright mostly because of where she worked -- Nashville.  Don't forget how horribly the Dixie Chicks were treated in Nashville not too long ago for public statements they made about the rush to got to war with Iraq.  It's a tough and very conservative town.  Chely was the first high profile country performer to come out, something she had to do to save her life, and sadly, not for her, but for country music, she has now been forced to embark on a new life post Nashville. She's not getting the invites to the Grand Ole Opry House but she is showing up at gay and lesbian centers across the country standing up for herself and the gay community.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 1, 2012 11:54 AM
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There's Nothing Pretty About the Pink in the New Documentary 'Pink Ribbons, Inc.'

Ever since I saw this movie -- which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall and is directed by Lea Pool-- I have been obsessed.  Now, since all the Komen crap over the last several months, this film is even more timely.  There is no need to mince words.  Cancer sucks.  Breast cancer sucks.  Talk to any woman who has had breast cancer and you will learn very quickly that this is nothing pretty or pink about it.  Yet, what the film makes you think is that there seems to be some sort of conspiracy of pink to make breast cancer a lot less horrific than it is.  When you see all the money that is put into building awareness about the disease you have to ask yourself, doesn't everyone really already know about breast cancer?  And, why is so much money being spent on raising awareness and not enough on finding out why the hell people get cancer in the first place. 
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  • June 1, 2012 11:28 AM
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Wish Me Away: Interview with Directors Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf

This is a repost of the interview I did at the premiere of the film last summer at Newfest in NYC. The film opens in NYC today and is also available on demand. Info here.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 1, 2012 10:15 AM
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Cross-Post: Quote of the Day: Scarlett Johansson Tired of Sexist Diet Questions

Wow, who knew I could love Scarlett Johansson so much??
  • By Megan Kearns
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  • June 1, 2012 9:33 AM
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