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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

Vacation Break

We'll be back next week with a big Toronto preview of the women directors.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 27, 2012 11:37 AM
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Cross-Post The Winning Weirdness of 'Bunheads': The Case for Amy Sherman-Palladino's Charming Dramedy

When the news came down the transom a few days ago that "Bunheads," the new show from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, had received a back-order pickup for more episodes on ABC Family, fans like yours truly breathed a sigh of relief and wonderment. While positioned as a cute fish-out-of-water story about a Vegas showgirl named Michelle Simms (played by Broadway star Sutton Foster) who unexpectedly ends up in a small town teaching ballet, "Bunheads" never took the easy or expected path, even when that might have made it an easier fit at the network (its focus skews more toward the adults in the story than the four teen ballerinas Michelle comes to mentor).
  • By Alison Willmore
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  • August 24, 2012 11:40 AM
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Trailer Watch: Butter

Film opens October 5.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 24, 2012 10:27 AM
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Piling on Kristen Stewart

It's been a couple of weeks (in fact almost a month) since the world learned that Kristen Stewart made out with her Snow White and the Huntsman director and caused a total gigantic meltdown in the Twisphere.  The initial piece I wrote The Public Shaming of Kristen Stewart got more comments than any other piece I've ever written.  Clearly, people are interested in this. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2012 1:45 PM
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Interview with Linda Goldstein Knowlton - Director of Somewhere Between

Producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton who produced one of my favorite films ever -- Whale Rider -- steps behind the camera to direct a film for her daughter Ruby whom she adopted from China. The film is a beautiful valentine to a group of girls and their fierce parents stuggling to forge their own identities "Somewhere Between."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2012 12:26 PM
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Mary McDonnell Takes the Lead in Major Crimes

While we were all obsessively watching the Olympics, one thing happened in TV land that didn't get much note. A 60 year old woman took over as the lead on a TV show. Now techincally Major Crimes is a new show, but anyone who watched The Closer knows it's basically the same show with a new name.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2012 10:01 AM
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Guest Post: Nurture vs. Nuke

Four years ago, when Sarah Palin was nominated to the Republican ticket, columnist Sally Quinn famously asked, “When the phone rings at three in the morning and one of her children is really sick, what choice will she make?”
  • By Nora Barry
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  • August 22, 2012 2:02 PM
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TIFF Adds Masters and Mavericks to Lineup

Got the rundown yesterday on the TIFF Masters and Mavericks screenings. It seems that no women qualify to be Masters.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 22, 2012 1:04 PM
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Note to Janice Min - Hey Pot, It's the Kettle, You're Black

This past Sunday the NY Times Style section featured a piece about the how hard the culture is on celebrity moms. The piece started out with a personal story by its author, Janice Min, (the editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter) about how mortified she was that the women who give her her manicures in LA were shocked that her 4 month post partum body was not a pre delivery body.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 22, 2012 12:06 PM
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More: Media

Mary Pickford Foundation and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Honor Mary Pickford

The Mary Pickford Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have teamed up to launch a multi-year partnership to honor the legacy of Mary Pickford. Pickford, who was one of the founding members of the Academy and a co-founder of United Artists, also was one of the most famous actresses of the silent film era.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 21, 2012 10:11 PM
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