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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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Trailer Watch: Quvenzhane Wallis Anoints Herself Robin to Jamie Foxx's Batman in New Annie Spot

The always fantastic Rose Byrne also gets a boost in the new video.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 29, 2014 3:15 PM
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The Other Woman Takes the Box Office Crown

The reviews were bad, but female moviegoers made it a hit.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 28, 2014 11:41 AM
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April 2014 Film Preview

A list of all the April films written, directed by, and/or starring women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 1, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Trailer Watch: Quvenzhane Wallis in Annie

Wallis is perfectly charming and Cameron Diaz winsomely grouchy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • March 6, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments

The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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  • 16 Comments

Today's Disconnect - Do Actresses Have Clout or Not?

Last week when I was in LA I read the following two articles on the same day.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 11, 2013 1:30 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Kristen Stewart is Top Earning Actress in Hollywood

The woman with the most Oscars is not the highest paid woman in Hollywood.  According to Forbes, that honor goes to Kristen Stewart who this year will have two monster hits with the current Snow White and the Huntsman which is now at almost $250 million total and the upcoming Breaking Dawn Part 2.  This 21-year-old made $34.5 million.  But all the women on the list still earn less than their male counterparts men by over $160 million dollars.  The top men earned #61 million compared to women earning $200 million.  And I'm guessing the dudes make most of their money from salaries on the films, and women complement their film salaries with endorsements which at times brings in more than the salary for a film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 20, 2012 3:14 PM
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Trailer Watch: What To Expect When You Are Expecting - Written by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach

Can one hope that this movie won't suck if Shauna Cross the writer of Whip-It has written it? I will hope...
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2011 9:56 AM
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