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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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Women and Hollywood

Beyoncé, Lupita Nyong'o, Nicki Minaj Among BET Awards Winners

Beyoncé was named Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 30, 2014 3:20 PM
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Judy Blume to Publish Her First Novel for Adults in More than Fifteen Years

The as-yet-untitled novel will be "quintessentially Judy."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 30, 2014 2:14 PM
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Donna Tartt and Doris Kearns Goodwin Awarded Carnegie Medals

Tartt is the author of the novel "The Goldfinch"; Kearns Goodwin of the historic account "The Bully Pulpit."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 30, 2014 1:08 PM
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Snow White Sequel Ditches Snow White

Kristen Stewart will be written out of the franchise she made happen.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 30, 2014 12:04 PM
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  • 36 Comments

How Melissa McCarthy Became a Box-Office Powerhouse

And a writer, producer, and director to boot.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 30, 2014 11:18 AM
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Trailer Watch: Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a Troubled Pop Star in Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights

Will anyone have a better year than Gugu Mbatha-Raw?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 27, 2014 2:50 PM
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Redemption Trail Director Britta Sjogren Talks About Her Modern-Day, Northern Californian Feminist Western

"It was interesting to think about how to recast the men as representatives of hearth and home, whereas the women are wary of the loss of freedom that comes with commitment."
  • By Kelcie Mattson
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  • June 27, 2014 1:31 PM
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Karen Leigh Hopkins' Tribeca Film Miss Meadows Finds Distribution

The Katie Holmes-as-a-gun-toting-vigilante star vehicle will arrive in theaters this fall.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 27, 2014 12:50 PM
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Only One Female Filmmaker Invited to Join the Academy as a Director; Only 28% of Invitees Are Women

Gina Prince-Bythewood makes the cut, but Claire Denis and Chantal Akerman are asked to join the Writers' group, while Jennifer Lee is sidelined into Short Films and Feature Animation.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 27, 2014 11:50 AM
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Sarah Polley to Direct John Green's Looking for Alaska

At last, a woman director!
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • June 26, 2014 3:44 PM
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