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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

Turning Ash into Mia: Changing the Gender of One of Horror's Most Iconic Characters

In the past few years, horror films have seen more than their fair share of sequels, remakes and reimaginings. As a genre, it's been particularly hospitable to distinctive, memorable characters, allowing for easy reinvention, as well as an affinity for ending movies with an inconclusive twitch of the supposedly dead villain's finger.
  • By Emily Rauber
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  • October 29, 2013 2:06 PM
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Noomi Rapace to Play Septuplet Sisters in Sci-Fi Drama

Noomi Rapace will be playing septuplet sisters in the upcoming sci-fi drama, What Happened to Monday?
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 29, 2013 1:00 PM
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Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman Developing Lesbian Sitcom for NBC

Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman will be developing a lesbian sitcom for NBC.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 29, 2013 12:00 PM
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International Trailer Watch: The Book Thief

The Book Thief, based on Marcus Zusak's bestselling novel, just released an international trailer for the upcoming film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 29, 2013 11:00 AM
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Cross Post - 13 Myths Hollywood Uses to Hide Discrimination Against Women Directors

1. The number of women directors is so small because women are not really interested in directing and few women are exceptional enough to do a man's job.
  • By Maria Giese
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  • October 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Horror of Little Girls and Social Anxiety About Women

Horror films frequently provide commentary on the social fears and anxieties of their time. A universally recognized truth of horror is that children can be terrifying–especially little girls. The fact that images of young girls have continued terrifying audiences through the decades is indicative of social fears surrounding women's power.
  • By Leigh Kolb
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  • October 28, 2013 3:35 PM
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LFF Interview with Gabrielle Tana - Producer of Philomena and The Invisible Woman

Gabrielle Tana's name made two notable appearances at the London Film Festival - through her New York-based shingle Magnolia Mae, she is the producer of Stephen Frears' crowd-pleaser Philomena and Ralph Fiennes' eagerly anticipated The Invisible Woman.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • October 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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Valentine Road: An Examination of Accountability, Awareness and Compassion

The documentary Valentine Road – depicting the aftermath surrounding the shooting of young Oxnard, California high school student Larry King – had been winning accolades and gaining support even before the movie premiered at Sundance last January and began airing on HBO this month.
  • By Carly Milne
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  • October 28, 2013 1:00 PM
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Director Antonia Bird Has Died

Over the weekend, it was announced that director Antonia Bird had died. She was 54.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 28, 2013 12:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Manohla Dargis Putting the Button on Blue

Manohla Dargis has had some issues with the film Blue is the Warmest Color (which did very well at the box office in the US where it opened this weekend) since she saw it back in Cannes in May.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 28, 2013 11:00 AM
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