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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

'Masters of Sex' Renewed for Third Season

The renewal comes midway through the period drama's fantastic sophomore year.
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  • August 22, 2014 10:00 AM
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Orange is the New Black Wins Big at Creative Emmys

Other Emmy triumphs: Allison Janney for 'Masters of Sex,' Jane Lynch for 'Hollywood Game Night,' and director Jehane Noujaim for 'The Square.'
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 18, 2014 12:30 PM
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Orange is the New Black and Fargo Tie for Most Critics' Choice Wins

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tatiana Maslany, and Allison Janney also took home trophies.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 20, 2014 4:00 PM
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Fall TV Preview - The Best and Worst So Far

It's September, which means it's time for a new television season. But the plethora of new shows arriving this year can be equal parts gift and curse. Before you start setting your DVRs and planning your premiere parties, here's our comprehensive guide to the best and worst shows for women this fall--as well as five more where the jury's still out.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • September 13, 2013 2:00 PM
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Sundance Rerun: Interview with Lynn Shelton - Director of Touchy Feely

I had never met Lynn Shelton before last month but I already felt like I knew her. She has a way of telling us stories about other people that are really about all of us. Her new film Touchy Feely is about a brother and sister, one who touches for a living and one who makes a point of not getting too close to anyone.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 6, 2013 9:00 AM
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Sundance Interview with Lynn Shelton – Director of Touchy Feely

I had never met Lynn Shelton before last month but I already felt like I knew her. She has a way of telling us stories about other people that are really about all of us. Her new film Touchy Feely is about about a brother a sister, one who touches for a living and one who makes a point of not getting too close to anyone. The film is about conections and about intimacy and stars the incomparable Rosemarie DeWitt as a massseuse who developes an aversion to touching with a terrific performance by Josh Pais as her brother who begins healing through his touch.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 5, 2013 2:00 PM
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Early Look at the WIGS Channel's Celia Starring Dakota Fanning and Allison Janney

Premiering on You Tube’s WIGS channel this Friday is Celia—a short film about reproductive rights starring Dakota Fanning and Allison Janney. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (also a co-creator of WIGS) he talks about the importance of the film:
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 25, 2012 9:33 AM
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The Help Rises to Number One at the Box Office in Week Two

The story with Hollywood movies is that films open big in their first weekend and then drop off precipitously in their second weekend as a film opening takes the box office crown. That is not the case with The Help. It is the second film this year -- the first being True Grit in January -- to rise to first place in its second week of release. (Box office experts also noted that The Blind Side, which this film is being compared to in terms of audience, budget and potential awards, also rose to number 1 after its initial release.) The film has also bested the recent August releases of Julie & Julia and Eat, Pray Love -- films with big stars (Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Julia Roberts) also based on widely read books.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 22, 2011 2:00 AM
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The Controversy Over The Help

The Help has stirred up many emotions since it opened on Wednesday. But that hasn't prevented the film from becoming a hit. It grossed over $35 million since it opened and already made back its budget of $25 million. While I'm sure that Participant and Dreamworks would rather not have the controversy, they are sure happy with these opening numbers.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 15, 2011 4:01 AM
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Cross Post: Going to See The Help at The White House by Carol Jenkins

If not for an invitation from Michelle Obama (you know, her people emailed my people) I might have missed seeing The Help. But a request for my presence in the White House screening room was too enticing–not to mention singular– to turn down.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 12, 2011 1:40 AM
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