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

Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon Being Considered for 'Rodham'

As expected some of the most talented women in Hollywood are being considered to play Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Rodham. Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried are all being looked at for the role.
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  • May 28, 2013 1:45 PM
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Jessica Chastain to Star in The Zookeeper's Wife

Jessica Chastain has just signed on to star in The Zookeeper's Wife, an adaptation of Diane Ackerman's novel, that will be directed by Whale Rider director Niki Caro.
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  • May 2, 2013 3:50 PM
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Cross Post: Chastain, "Roles for Women Have Taken a Step Back"

It's refreshing to read a quote from an actress working today willing to criticize the kinds of roles offered to women now in Hollywood. Sure, it's easy to get attention if you put on a bikini or a talk about sex. But women as actual people in film now? RARE. Said Chastain:
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  • April 2, 2013 11:30 AM
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Jessica Chastain Shoots Down Fabricated Feud with Jennifer Lawrence

Unsurprisingly, media outlets have created a “feud” between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. The Oscar-nominated actresses were apparently fighting because of Jennifer Lawrence’s joke about Chastain in her SNL monologue from weeks ago. Allegedly, Chastain was angry about the remarks.
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  • February 12, 2013 10:15 AM
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Jessica Chastain to star in Miss Julie - Directed by Liv Ullmann

Liv Ullmann, director and muse of Ingmar Bergman, is set  to direct an adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie.  Set in 1874, the play explores the title character’s relationship with a servant named Jean.  It was a controversial play at the time it was written due to its exploration of gender, class, societal roles, identity, love, sexuality and power.
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  • February 1, 2013 11:00 AM
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Cross Post: Uppity Women: How Maya and Kathryn Bigelow Continue to Threaten the Status Quo

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”  -- Eleanor Roosevelt
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  • January 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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Michael Moore: Zero Dark Thirty is a Movie About 'How We Don't Listen to Women.'

Always controversial and rarely quiet political filmmaker and author, Michael Moore, has spoken out in defense of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
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  • January 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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Jessica Chastain Rules the Box Office with Top Two Films

In an awesome development over the weekend, one of Women and Hollywood’s favorite actresses, Jessica Chastain dominated the box office this weekend with both her films in the top spots.
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  • January 22, 2013 7:06 AM
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Thoughts on the Golden Globes - Girls Literally Ruled

Last night, I ended up watching the Golden Globes in real time (with the commercials too.) The reason why that was possible was because of twitter and because I was having such a good time watching the show.  It felt lighter than in years past.  I am guessing a lot of that had to do with the tone that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in their terrific opening monologue (which you can see below and is worth another watch.)  They told some really funny jokes and the one I enjoyed most was their statement of support for Kathryn Bigelow.  "When it comes to torture I trust the lady that spent 3 years married to James Cameron."  Awesome.
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  • January 14, 2013 11:00 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty Win Big at EDA Awards

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  • January 9, 2013 9:36 AM
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