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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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Quote of the Day: Elle Fanning on Female Characters

"We don't always need a love interest."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 15, 2014 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Final Trailer for Maleficent

"Maleficent" opens May 30: "Prepare to discover what could make a good fairy go bad."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 9, 2014 5:00 PM
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Angelina Jolie and Linda Woolverton Talk Maleficent in New Featurette

The May 30 release will be part-prequel, part-alternate POV.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 21, 2014 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie in New Maleficent Spot

"There is evil in this world. Hatred. Revenge," Maleficent declares in the new Maleficent trailer. Then she giggles -- not girlishly or coquettishly, but with ironic bemusement, like a boss.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 27, 2014 10:43 AM
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Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is all cheekbones and horns in the new teaser trailer for Disney's Maleficent.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 13, 2013 4:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Ginger & Rosa - Directed by Sally Potter

Here's the latest trailer of Ginger & Rosa from Sally Potter. It premiered in Toronto last September and has played the festival circuit last year to good reviews.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 22, 2013 9:57 AM
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Cross Post: How To Audition Internationally

Wake up and smell the latte. Opportunity knocks all over the world, and the common passport is talent.
  • By Heidi Levitt
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  • November 26, 2012 12:00 PM
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AFI Review: Ginger and Rosa - Directed by Sally Potter

In my favorite Anne Sexton poem “Rowing,” one line in particular always sticks out to me: “I wore rubies and bought tomatoes/and now, in my middle age/about nineteen in the head I'd say/I am rowing, I am rowing.” While the characters in Sally Potter’s terrific Ginger and Rosa (superbly played by Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) are 16—the feeling of equal parts exhilaration and complete anguish of being a teenage girl permeates to its core. It echoes Sexton’s sentiment wholeheartedly, that we want youth when we are adults and want to be adults when we are young.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 15, 2012 11:29 AM
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Maleficent Starts Production

Here's the first image from the Angelina Jolie starring movie written by Linda Woolverton.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 19, 2012 12:16 PM
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