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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

Variety Announces Recipients of 5th Annual Power of Women

Variety has announced the group of women they will be honoring at their 5th annual Power of Women event, which celebrates leaders in the industry and their philanthropic work.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 5, 2013 11:00 AM
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Pixar to Release Inside Out - Set Inside an Adolescent Girl's Brain

Over the weekend at the D23 Expo, Pixar discussed details, showed footage and introduced the cast of their new project Inside Out.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 13, 2013 3:45 PM
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Oscars Rehire Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron

While we here at Women and Hollywood had many problems with the Oscars executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the Academy is very pleased that the show was able to bring in that coveted young male demographic. They are so happy that they made the early decision to rehire Meron and Zadan to be the 2014 producers for the event which will take place next March 2.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 17, 2013 1:00 PM
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Watch This: Amy Poehler Interviews Irma Kalish - Pioneer Comedy Writer

For her super smart web series for girls, Smart Girls at the Party, Amy Poehler interviews Irma Kalish, a pioneer female comedy writer, who wrote for iconic shows such as Good Times, All in the Family, Maude and I Dream of Jeannie. It's a trip down memory lane for any sitcom loving kid who grew up in the 70s and 80s and watched lots of reruns.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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Our Favorite Super Bowl Ad Starring Amy Poehler

One of Women and Hollywood's favorite ladies, Amy Poehler, starred in a Best Buy ad during the Super Bowl as an extremely difficult customer, automatically winning our favorite Super Bowl ad of this year. Poehler's ad also proves that you don't need sexist garbage to make something hilarious and entertaining. Keep that in mind next year, Go Daddy.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 6, 2013 9:56 AM
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Countdown to 2014: Amy Poehler is Writing a Book

Get your phone alerts ready, Amy Poehler is writing a book that will drop in 2014. This should also be known as your new favorite book of all time. Poehler signed with It Books, an imprint of Harper Collins and will be writing an “illustrated, nonlinear diary full of humor and honesty and brimming with true stories, fictional anecdotes and life lessons.”
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Thoughts on the Golden Globes - Girls Literally Ruled

Last night, I ended up watching the Golden Globes in real time (with the commercials too.) The reason why that was possible was because of twitter and because I was having such a good time watching the show.  It felt lighter than in years past.  I am guessing a lot of that had to do with the tone that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in their terrific opening monologue (which you can see below and is worth another watch.)  They told some really funny jokes and the one I enjoyed most was their statement of support for Kathryn Bigelow.  "When it comes to torture I trust the lady that spent 3 years married to James Cameron."  Awesome.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2013 11:00 AM
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Watch This: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Talk Hosting the Golden Globes

If the previously released promo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the Golden Globes didn't get you excited for their upcoming hosting gig, then the video below should. The hilarious duo discuss their motivations for hosting, Tina's desire to win Best Picture as a person and Amy's future friendship with Angelina Jolie.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 4, 2013 12:40 PM
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Erasing Gilda Radner's Legacy

I read with extreme shock that several of the Gilda's Clubs around the country were going to change their names Cancer Support Community because many people, especially the young ones, who come in for help don't know who Gilda Radner was.  What a lame reason.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 4, 2013 10:30 AM
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Golden Globe Noms Out But Who Cares We've Got a Video With Tina and Amy

I kind of think that the awards will be the after story of this year's Golden Globe ceremony which is scheduled for Janaury 13.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2012 4:20 PM
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