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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

Trailer Watch: The Heat Red-Band Trailer - Written by Katie Dippold

We previously posted the trailer for the Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock cop comedy, The Heat. The recently released red-band trailer (NSFW) gives you a better look at what to expect of the Katie Dippold penned film and it looks hilarious.
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  • December 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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Cross Post: Breaking Into the Film Business

So, recently I've been gaining a little modest traction in this oh-so-fickle business. And as I try to figure out what the next phase of my career will hold, I've been finding myself reflecting on the long and strange path that has led me here.
  • By Megan Griffiths
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  • December 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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Interview with Lori Rotskoff on the New Anthology When We Were Free to Be

Cultural historian Lori Rotskoff talks with Holly Rosen Fink about her new anthology, co-edited with Laura L. Lovett, When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).
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  • December 20, 2012 12:15 PM
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3 of 25 Films Inducted into National Film Registry Directed by Women

The Librarian of Congress, James Billington, picked the next batch of 25 films to be inducted into the National Film Registry. 3 of the 25 films chosen by Billington are directed by women. There are several women centric films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s and One Survivor Remembers.
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  • December 20, 2012 11:00 AM
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Angelina Jolie to Direct Unbroken for Universal

Angelina Jolie is set to direct Unbroken, her first major studio film. The film is for Universal and Walden Media. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling 2010 book, Unbroken looks at the life of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and Air Force officer during WWII. Zamperini survived a plane crash during this period, and survived by floating on a raft for 47 days. He was later found by Japanese soldiers and spent time in a POW camp.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 20, 2012 9:39 AM
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Martha Nelson: First Woman Named as Editor in Chief for Time

Martha Nelson has just been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Time magazine. Nelson, will be the first woman to hold the post in the 70 plus years that the weekly has existed.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 19, 2012 2:57 PM
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Cross Post: Too Old?

DC playwrights are watching their "in" boxes this week, awaiting word about whether they've been accepted into Arena Stage's playwrights' group. Six locals will be invited to join this elite bunch.
  • By Kitty Felde
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  • December 19, 2012 1:00 PM
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Women's Film Critics Circle Name Zero Dark Thirty Best Movie of 2012, Ava DuVernay Wins Josephine Baker Award

The Women’s Film Critics Circle have announced their 2012 picks. And as she continues to sweep the awards circuit, Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty won several awards including Best Movie by a Woman. Ava DuVernay was awarded the Josephine Baker award for Middle of Nowhere. Anne Hathaway was named Best Actress for Les Miserables and Brave took the Best Animated Females award.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 19, 2012 11:00 AM
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6 of 12 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab Project Picks Written by Women

The Sundance Institute has picked 12 projects to participate in their January Screenwriters Lab. The workshop provides writers the opportunity to find financing and other resources for their films. It also gives them a shot at participating in the famed festival. Of the 12 projects selected, 6 are written or co-written by women. This continues Sundance’s 2013 streak of having women majorly represented.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 19, 2012 9:30 AM
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The 2012 Black List and Hit List Titles Revealed

The folks at The Black List, which recently launched a paid script service, yesterday revealed the names of the top unproduced scripts according to 290 experts in the film business.  Another list, The Hit List, was also released and that list is the top spec scripts released into the spec market between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 18, 2012 1:00 PM
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