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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

Jennifer Lawrence Close to Starring in Adaptation of Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle

Walls' best-selling 2005 memoir details a childhood of harrowing neglect.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 12, 2014 2:46 PM
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Trailer Watch: Katniss Joins the Rebellion in Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Teaser

The power players like President Snow (Donald Sutherland), Gamemaster Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and District 13 president Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) are strategizing against each other, all eager to exploit Katniss as their own political tool.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 28, 2014 4:00 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence to Team Up Again with David O. Russell

Bradley Cooper isn't invited this time around, though.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 9, 2014 1:58 PM
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In Praise of "Go Fuck Y'Self" Women: Lori Petty in Orange is the New Black

Petty's brand of androgynous punk heroism has been long missed.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • June 4, 2014 12:08 PM
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The Big O: In Praise of the 10 Actress Nominees

Let's take a break from tracking the race to marvel at the awe-inspiring female talent on display.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • February 20, 2014 11:40 AM
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The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Big O: And the Oscars' Winning (and Losing) Female Nominees Are...

The 86th Academy Award nominations did the hustle big time for "American Hustle," with 10 nominations. From our female perspective, it's terrific that both Amy Adams, with her first lead nod following four supporting tries, and supporting candidate Jennifer Lawrence are in the running in the acting categories.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • January 16, 2014 12:18 PM
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire Will Be Top Grossing Movie of 2013, Frozen Surges to #4

Variety predicts that "Catching Fire," which has thus far grossed $407.5 million domestically, will soon overtake Iron Man 3 as 2013's top-earning movie later this week.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • January 6, 2014 11:54 AM
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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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The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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