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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

Actresses Tackle a Difficult Subject in The Book Thief

Women and Hollywood recently spoke to Emily Watson and Sophie Nelisse about the importance of the film and the need for more movies about this time period.
  • By Holly Rosen Fink
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  • November 12, 2013 10:00 AM
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International Trailer Watch: The Book Thief

The Book Thief, based on Marcus Zusak's bestselling novel, just released an international trailer for the upcoming film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 29, 2013 11:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Belle - Directed by Amma Asante

Amma Asante's Belle premiered last month at TIFF.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 28, 2013 10:00 AM
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Women-Centric Film News Round Up

Here’s some recent women-centric film news that we wanted to make sure didn't get pased by:
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Anna Karenina

My favorite book comes to the big screen again. This version opens November 9.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 22, 2012 8:57 AM
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The Help and Bridesmaids Score Screen Actors Guild Nominations

Yesterday, the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced. Both The Help and Bridesmaids scored best ensembles nominations (which is their top award) which could be an indicator of potential Oscar love because the actors (a percentage of the SAG members pick these nominees) are the largest voting branch in the Academy. The Help actually scored the most nominations with four including both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain in the supporting category.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 15, 2011 9:29 AM
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Cross-Post: Oscars 2011: Single Fathers and the Vanishing Mothers

One of the threads running through this year’s Oscar race is the single father who must pull things together for the sake of his kids.  This is especially poignant in three films – Moneyball, The Descendants and We Bought a Zoo.  It’s even funnier that it happens to be George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, the Oceans gang, but also the Sexiest Men Alive troika.  Remember how Clooney and Pitt were campaigning for Damon?
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • November 28, 2011 11:33 AM
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