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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

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.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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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

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 9, 2013 9:36 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal Defend Film at NY Film Critics Circle Award Ceremony

Over the last several weeks the steady drumbeat against Zero Dark Thirty has grown louder and louder.  There's been the discussion that Boal was a bully and Bigelow defered to him on the set and there is a Senate committee looking into how they got the information that made up the screenplay.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 8, 2013 12:00 PM
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Final Trailer for Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty hits theatres in NY and LA tomorrow.  In anticipation here is the final trailer for the must talked about (even before it is released) film. 
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 18, 2012 9:33 AM
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She Who Will Not Be Ignored

My fellow blogger Sasha Stone has another great piece (how do you write so much great stuff Sasha?) over on her blog Awards Daily called Female Trouble: Why Powerful Women Threaten Hollywood.  You must read it.  I usually ask Sasha to cross post these great gender pieces she writes but I thought today, it was important for me to amplify her piece because what she discusses is really important.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 14, 2012 2:00 PM
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Washington D.C. Area Film Critics and AFI Announce Picks of 2012

We are officially in the center of awards season and yesterday both the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association and the American Film Institute announced their winners in film (AFI also includes television). Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty continue to rack up the awards, Jessica Chastain walked away with Best Actress and Anne Hathaway nabbed Supporting Actress.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 11, 2012 12:54 PM
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Zero Dark Thirty Wins Big with the National Board of Review

Kathryn Bigelow is on a roll. After receiving Best Director, Best Film and Best Cinematography (for Greig Fraser) for Zero Dark Thirty from the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday, the film continues to rack up the accolades.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 6, 2012 3:00 PM
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Kathryn Bigelow Talks Making Zero Dark Thirty with Martha Raddatz

Kathryn Bigelow talked with Martha Raddatz of ABC News about the making of her new film Zero Dark Thirty.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 27, 2012 2:00 PM
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Will Kathryn Bigelow Be a Two Time Best Director Nominee?

Right after Thanksgiving Kathryn Bigelow's long awaited follow-up to her Oscar award winning film The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty (which I will see next week) started screening and the word has been extremely positive.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 26, 2012 1:59 PM
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