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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

Oprah Will Receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

Oprah will be the 2013 recipient of The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, which is given to a woman who is a leader and pioneer in her industry.
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  • October 2, 2013 3:00 PM
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Wonder Woman Fan Film Shows Up Hollywood

With superheroes dominating the box office and pop culture landscape, it's simply astonishing that there hasn't been a female-lead film added the mix yet. While Marvel has a dearth of male superheroes at their fingertips, DC's most famous heroes are arguably Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
  • By Kristal D. Bailey
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  • October 2, 2013 2:15 PM
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October Film Preview

Here's a preview of what you should mark your calendars for in October.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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"No One Can Say it's a Level Playing Field" - Catherine Hardwicke Ignites Discussion on Women Directors

Catherine Hardwicke, director of Thirteen and Twilight, spoke candidly to Variety about her career.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 12:30 PM
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Aline Brosh McKenna to Write Live Action Cruella de Vil Film

Cruella de Vil is the latest Disney bad girl to get the live action treatment. Maleficent with Angelina Jolie playing the Sleeping Beauty villain already has finished filming and will be released in 2014.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 11:00 AM
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Citizen Jane Film Festival and Summit

I'm heading to Columbia, Mo for the Citizen Jane Film Festival which celebrates independent films by independent women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 2, 2013 10:00 AM
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CNN and NBC Cancel Hillary Clinton Projects

After both CNN and NBC announced that they were both developing projects about Hillary Clinton--a documentary and a miniseries respectively--it caused a panic to say the least.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 1, 2013 1:15 PM
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Trailer Watch: New Trailer for Philomena - Starring Judi Dench

Philomena, starring Judi Dench, has taken the festival circuit by storm--receiving critical praise at Toronto and nabbing the Best Screenplay award at Venice.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 1, 2013 11:30 AM
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Natalie Portman Gives Some Real Talk About Feminist Portrayals in Hollywood

Natalie Portman, in an interview for Elle UK, gave some surprisingly blunt real talk about what Hollywood considers feminist portrayals of female characters.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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  • 12 Comments

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