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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

The Big O: Reality Bites Oscar -- Hard

It's time to get real about the Oscar race.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: New Trailer for Philomena - Starring Judi Dench

Philomena, starring Judi Dench, has taken the festival circuit by storm--receiving critical praise at Toronto and nabbing the Best Screenplay award at Venice.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 1, 2013 11:30 AM
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The Big O: Are Grande Dames the New Babes?

Beauty before age. This twist on an old adage has held sway for the most part when it comes to selecting which actresses are granted an Oscar each year, at least for the past several decades. But 2013 might find more than few new wrinkles (as well as some old ones) in a contest where experience doesn't always count.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 27, 2013 11:20 AM
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The Big O: Assessing the Actress Races Coming Out of Venice, Telluride and Toronto

Telluride and Venice are fini. Toronto wraps this weekend. Time for some serious girl talk about how the lead and supporting actress categories have somewhat shifted now that the festival Oscar pundits and critics have chimed in.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • September 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Big O: The Oscar Season Kicks Off

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Big O, Women & Hollywood's new Oscar column, our attempt to look at the awards season from a more thoughtful female perspective.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 4, 2013 2:47 PM
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The Weinstein Company Acquires Women Centric Tracks

The Weinstein Company, as of late, has been nabbing some women centric titles. In May, they picked up the Judi Dench starrer, Philomena, about a woman who looks for the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Out of Venice, The Weinstein Company announced they were setting a Christmas release for the film with it opening wide in January.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 3, 2013 1:45 PM
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Trailer Watch: Philomena - Starring Judi Dench

Judi Dench's upcoming Philomena focuses on a woman looking for her son.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 12, 2013 1:00 PM
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Women Centric Films in Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Gala & Special Presentation Line Up

After taking a look at the women directed films in the galas and special presentations, we also wanted to take a look at the women centric films that will be receiving lots of attention in Toronto. We are guessing that there will be big stars in attendance like Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2013 11:15 AM
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2013 Cannes News - Part 2

More lady news coming out of Cannes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2013 5:30 PM
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2013 BAFTA Nominees Include Kathryn Bigelow, Judi Dench, Lynne Ramsay

On the heels of learning that 4 out of the 5 nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award are women, comes the full list of the 2013 BAFTA awards nominees. Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and Zero Dark Thirty are there for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture, as is Jessica Chastain for Best Actress. Judi Dench is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Skyfall. Lynne Ramsay got a nomination for her short film, Swimmer. Writer/Director of I Am Nasrine, Tina Gharavi was nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 10, 2013 3:00 PM
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