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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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The Big O: In Praise of the 10 Actress Nominees

Let's take a break from tracking the race to marvel at the awe-inspiring female talent on display.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • February 20, 2014 11:40 AM
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Vanity Fair's Diverse 2014 Hollywood Issue: FINALLY

How wonderfully refreshing.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 4, 2014 4:00 PM
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The Big O: Will the Academy's Love of Female Ensembles Help August: Osage County?

"August: Osage County" is a prime example of an ensemble cast where the female characters monopolize the goings-on, an Oscar-friendly staple that has been regaining favor of late among voters after 2009's "Precious" and 2011's "The Help" became best-picture contenders.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 9, 2014 10:43 AM
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The Big O: Remembering 2013's Top Female Film Moments

The 10 scenes that defined the year's women in film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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Women and Hollywood December 2013 Film Preview

Here are the women-centric, women-directed and women-written films that you should keep on your radar for December.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 2, 2013 12:37 PM
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Emma Thompson Calls Out Hollywood Sexism in Ten Different Ways at THR Actress Roundtable

Emma Thompson is a rare delight. The delightfully outspoken actress, who stars as 'Mary Poppins' author P.L. Travers in Disney's upcoming 'Saving Mr. Banks,' was the highlight of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable, criticizing sexism in the film industry at all stages of production.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 26, 2013 1:41 PM
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Trailer Watch: Second Trailer for August: Osage County

August: Osage County premiered at TIFF garnering a ton of Oscar buzz. The film, based on Tracy Lett's Pulitzer Prize winning play, follows the Weston daughters (Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson) who return home because of a family crisis.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 12, 2013 11:39 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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Forbes Releases Hollywood's Highest Paid Actresses List

Forbes recently released their annual highest paid actress list. The list is unfortunately, unsurprisingly very white and very young. And several of the actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman weren't even in films in the last year when the list was calculated (June 2012-June 2013).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 1, 2013 3:44 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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