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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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Kathryn Bigelow Talks Making Zero Dark Thirty with Martha Raddatz

Kathryn Bigelow talked with Martha Raddatz of ABC News about the making of her new film Zero Dark Thirty.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 27, 2012 2:00 PM
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Cross Post: Extreme Weight Loss for Roles is Not "Required" and Not Praiseworthy

Kale and dust. Hummus and radishes. Two squares of dried oatmeal paste a day.
  • By Robin Hitchcock
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  • November 27, 2012 10:56 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - Written by I. Marlene King

We have another contender to add into the post-Twilight YA film adaptation pool. This time it's Cassandra Clare's insanely popular The Mortal Instruments series. Adapted by Pretty Little Liars showrunner, I. Marlene King, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly normal teenage girl until her mother (Lena Headey) is captured by a demon and Clary begins to find out that she's not as normal (she's actually a half-angel demon warrior) as she thought.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 27, 2012 10:02 AM
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Will Kathryn Bigelow Be a Two Time Best Director Nominee?

Right after Thanksgiving Kathryn Bigelow's long awaited follow-up to her Oscar award winning film The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty (which I will see next week) started screening and the word has been extremely positive.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 26, 2012 1:59 PM
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Guest Post: 2012’s Best Actress Race: A History of Inequality

  • By Keith Dodge
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  • November 26, 2012 1:00 PM
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Cross Post: How To Audition Internationally

Wake up and smell the latte. Opportunity knocks all over the world, and the common passport is talent.
  • By Heidi Levitt
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  • November 26, 2012 12:00 PM
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Watch This: See Jane Trailer from Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Geena Davis's commitment to gender in the media is truly inspiring. See Jane, an affiliated program with her Institute on Gender in the Media, focuses specifically on making sure that children's media has a balanced and varied portrayal of female characters. The below trailer illustrates some of their research findings.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 26, 2012 9:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Heat - Written by Katie Dippold, Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

The Heat, written by Katie Dippold and directed by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig brings together two stars Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as a tough Boston cop and uptight FBI agent respectively who are assigned to work together to bring down a drug lord. Neither has had much luck in working well with their co-workers let alone personal friendships.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 21, 2012 1:30 PM
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Guest Post: Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks: The Parallels between Children's Brains and the Global Brain of the Internet

We’re constantly striving to push ourselves further. When we couldn’t see far enough, we invented the telescope. When we needed to speak with people who weren’t within shouting distance, we developed the telephone. When we wanted to travel to far-off places in a short amount of time, we created the airplane. When we needed to connect data, we invented the Internet. And since then, it’s evolved to do so much more-- connecting data, ideas, knowledge, feelings, emotions, and memories.  The Internet, is, in many ways, an extension of our brains. An extension of us. And like us, these inventions can be both good and bad, and everything in between.
  • By Tiffany Shlain
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  • November 21, 2012 12:30 PM
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Cross Post: What Is Feminism?

Women are not yet on equal footing with men politically, financially, or culturally. If you have a pulse and a sense of right and wrong, there is a moral imperative to do something about this, particularly if you actually have a vagina. I identify that imperative as feminism.
  • By Mary Pols
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  • November 21, 2012 11:16 AM
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