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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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Lego Movie Sequel Director Regretful Original Film Fails Bechdel Test, Wants to Do Better

"We were always constantly saying to ourselves, 'Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view?'"
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 11, 2014 12:00 PM
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Elizabeth Banks to Direct Pitch Perfect 2

The sequel will be Banks' directorial debut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Walk of Shame

The "Hunger Games" co-star plays another blond newswoman with perfect hair in the R-rated "Walk of Shame", but this one's a grumpy, unemployed slob.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 16, 2014 2:00 PM
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Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone Productions to Adapt Two New Projects

Lionsgate has just bought two book adaptation projects that will be produced by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 2, 2013 10:00 AM
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New TV Projects From a Host of Women Including Elizabeth Banks, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Poehler

If all this television news continues, we are in for a lot of promising sounding female centric, female produced and female written shows. This time around Elizabeth Banks, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Poehler, Rachel Harris & Angela Kinsey are producing and creating shows for CBS, The CW, Comedy Central and Fox.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect and Body Acceptance

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rebel Wilson discusses the difficulty she had in getting cast for roles when she was starting out in Hollywood. Despite her talent, Wilson wasn’t getting cast for roles, a process that frustrated her.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2012 11:07 AM
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Elizabeth Banks Stands Up for Planned Parenthood and Obama

I just wish she didn't have to justify why she got her birth control. But at least she's doing some talking which is more than most folks.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 10, 2012 12:06 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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