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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Women and Hollywood

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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Trailer Watch: Halle Berry in Frankie and Alice

Based on a true story, this seventies-set melodrama gives Berry the chance to remind audiences that she can do impressive work in great roles.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 19, 2014 11:00 AM
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The Big O: Natalie Portman Swings the Hammer When it Comes to Her Post-Oscar Career

Natalie Portman is in the midst of a very important performance, one that could decide her future in the movie industry.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 8, 2013 3:00 PM
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SNL Addresses the Lack of African American Women Straight On

Over the last couple of weeks there has been an ongoing controversy over the lack of African American women on Saturday Night Live.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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Halle Berry Heading to TV with CBS Series

In a recent trend of actresses like Anna Faris and Toni Collette trying their hand at network TV, Halle Berry is now following suit.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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Films Targeting Women Dominate the Box Office This Weekend

Maybe we can call this a bit of poetic justice but it looks like the big boys are floundering and the girls are on the rise. This weekend, the female targeted, yet not very feminist, Oz - The Great and Powerful was again number 1 at the box office. (I haven't seen the movie but here are two pieces about the film. Why ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Is A Major Step Back For Witches and Women and “Oz the Great and Powerful” Rekindles the Notion That Women Are Wicked.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 18, 2013 1:00 PM
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Cross Post: Cloud Atlas Charts New Territory Between Women and Men With Halle Berry and Hugh Grant

I was belatedly watching "Cloud Atlas" at my local Cineplex, catching up on movies that I hadn't seen because, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I no longer had my Manhattan to upstate NY umbilical cord. I hadn't read all the reviews when "Cloud Atlas" premiered in Toronto because, as I recently told Steven Gaydos, executive editor at Variety, "I see the movie and then I decide." But this was a case where the gaseous critical response to "Cloud Atlas" had wafted in my direction, a skepticism and negativity reflected in Rotten Tomatoes' stingy 63 percent fresh. So, I'd postponed seeing an adventure that was completely radical among contemporary American films in the gleeful, optimistic way it played musical chairs with male and female, young and old, and future and past. By creating a movie that starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Huge Grant and blurred the boundaries between men and women, the Wachowski siblings (Andy and Lana), and Tom Tykwer, adapting David Mitchell's genre-busting best-seller, took some major risks. And they created an entertaining, ambitious movie that went beyond feminism to an all-embracing humanism that wasn't naive enough to believe that evil didn't walk the earth in wingtips or stilettos or bare feet.
  • By Thelma Adams
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  • November 7, 2012 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Dark Tide Starring Halle Berry

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 21, 2012 11:15 AM
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