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

Trailer Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep Season 3

Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) will run to become the first female president of the United States of America.
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  • March 17, 2014 3:00 PM
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Gravity Has Biggest October Opening in History

Gravity hit big at the box office over the weekend, grossing much more than was predicted for Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi epic starring Sandra Bullock.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 7, 2013 1:00 PM
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Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said Dominates the Specialty Box Office

Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, open in limited release this past weekend to critical praise. That praise paid off because Holofcener's latest dominated the specialty box office.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 23, 2013 1:00 PM
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2013 Emmy Wrap-up

When did watching the Emmy's become so painful? It wasn't that I was offended like I was at the last Oscar telecast, but I found the whole thing a bit of a bore. I hate that they put in the dance numbers and then didn't let us hear the all the winners' thoughts.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 23, 2013 12:00 PM
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Interview with Nicole Holofcener - Writer and Director of Enough Said

A Toronto International Film Festival sit down with Nicole Holofcener, writer and director of Enough Said. In theatres now.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 20, 2013 2:00 PM
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TIFF 13- Dispatch 1: Mid-Life Women in Crisis

This is my third Toronto Film Festival and I am starting to understand how to manage it. It is an endurance test. You need to go whole hog one day and then back off a little the next in order to make it a whole week. Also it takes a while to put into words what you are seeing.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Enough Said - Directed by Nicole Holofcener

Nicole Holofcener's latest Enough Said will premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival before hitting theaters.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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Watch This: Veep Season 2 Trailer

We here at Women and Hollywood are huge fans of the hilarious Julia Louis-Dreyfus and are very excited for the return of Veep, a smart, prickly and very funny look at politics through the eyes of the Vice President, Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 20, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Male Dominated Emmy Awards

Last week we posted a piece about the research that showed that women created 26% of the TV shows during the 2011-2012 season.  But, based on the lack of women visible onstage at last night's Emmy Awards in any category but acting, you could have gotten the impression that  women are basically invisible as creators, writers and directors of TV shows.  (I know that women won awards given at last weekend's Creative Emmy's but they were not on TV last night for the world to see.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 24, 2012 10:46 AM
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Catherine Keener, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette to Star in Nicole Holofcener's New Film

Nicole Holofcener’s untitled new project began principal photography on Monday in Los Angeles.  The film will be distributed by Fox Searchlight.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 7, 2012 2:31 PM
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