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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

Hollywood Women Stand With the Women of Texas

Since Wendy Davis' epic 13 hour filibuster last week, female celebrities like Lena Dunham and others tweeted their support for the Texas Senator. Yesterday, a rally was held that coincided with the beginning of another special session trying to get SB5 (the bill that Davis filibustered) passed which Gov. Rick Perry claims will happen.
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  • July 2, 2013 12:45 PM
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Trailer Watch: Therese - Starring Audrey Tautou

The wonderful Audrey Tautou, plays Therese, a 1920s housewife who decides to leave her unhappy marriage with tragic conclusions.
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  • July 2, 2013 11:00 AM
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Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone Productions to Adapt Two New Projects

Lionsgate has just bought two book adaptation projects that will be produced by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions.
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  • July 2, 2013 10:00 AM
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Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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Interview with Ava DuVernay - Director of Venus Vs.

Venus Vs.shows an unexpected side of Venus Williams. The film is all about the fight for equal pay for women in tennis. Billie Jean King led the charge in her day and the US Open started to pay the women and the men the same. But not Wimbledon. It took Venus Williams to carry on Billie Jean's legacy and help women reach the finish line for pay equity.
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  • July 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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Guest Post: What Women (and Men) Want: And Why That's the Secret to Getting Back Together With the All-But-Dead Genre of Romantic Comedy

Mindy's dilemma, however, also reflects a wider anxiety surrounding the withering state of the cinematic tradition known as the romantic comedy. As Nora Ephron's second-most-classic rom-com Sleepless in Seattle celebrates its 20th anniversary, it's even more painfully clear that the honeymoon is over for the genre.
  • By Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
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  • July 1, 2013 1:05 PM
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Maggie Gyllenhaal to Star in Sundance Channel/BBC Miniseries The Honourable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal will be starring in a new miniseries co-produced by the BBC and Sundance Channel, The Honourable Woman.
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  • July 1, 2013 12:05 PM
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The Heat Packs The Heat at the Box Office

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  • July 1, 2013 11:00 AM
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New Trailer: Adore - Directed by Anne Fontaine

Anne Fontaine's latest, Adore, stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two lifelong friends who both end up in majorly boundary crossing relationships with each other's sexy grown sons.
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  • July 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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