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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 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 Lange to Be Honored at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Lange will be the first female recipient of the festival's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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Orange is the New Black and Fargo Tie for Most Critics' Choice Wins

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tatiana Maslany, and Allison Janney also took home trophies.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 20, 2014 4:00 PM
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Julianne Nicholson on August: Osage County, Masters of Sex, and Aging in Hollywood

"Sticking in this industry, which is not always very kind to women, makes me feel good. I feel like things are definitely better for me now at 42 than they were at 22. "
  • By Laura Berger
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  • April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
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The Bad Girls of American Horror Story: TV's Most "Unlikeable" Women

At the American Horror Story: Coven premiere last weekend, Women and Hollywood asked creator Ryan Murphy how he goes about creating such complex and interesting female characters for the show.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 11, 2013 12:19 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: American Horror Story: Coven - Starring Jessica Lange

The next chapter in the horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven, boasts an insanely talented female cast from American Horror Story veterans like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe to new additions who also happen to be some of the great actresses working today like Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone and Angela Bassett.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 24, 2013 10:00 AM
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TV Critics Organizations Roll Out Their Nominees

The Critics Choice Television Awards and the Televisions Critics Association have both released their list of nominees.  It is clear that the critics in both organizations love Downtown Abbey, Homeland, Breaking Bad, New Girl and Girls.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 7, 2012 10:46 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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