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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

Trailer Watch: Katniss Joins the Rebellion in Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Teaser

The power players like President Snow (Donald Sutherland), Gamemaster Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and District 13 president Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) are strategizing against each other, all eager to exploit Katniss as their own political tool.
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  • July 28, 2014 4:00 PM
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Reading Ellen Page's Sexuality

Analyzing Ellen Page's coming out narrative.
  • By Marcie Bianco
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  • May 13, 2014 12:00 PM
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Ellen Page Comes Out, Will Play Julianne Moore's Lesbian Partner in Freeheld

A noticeably nervous and emotional Page gave a heartfelt nine-minute speech, thanking the activists in the room for their courage and support and declaring, "I'm tired of hiding, and I'm tired of lying by omission."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 17, 2014 12:20 PM
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The Big O: Oscar Didn't Always Have a Horror Problem

There is a new Carrie in town. She has access to the Internet now and her high-school tormentors use their smart phones to broadcast her shower-scene to even greater embarrassment. But the wallflower is up to her old telekinetic tricks, pulling off a prom massacre at an even great body count than in the 1976 original.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 18, 2013 2:00 PM
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"It Reaches the Level of Myth" - An Interview with Kimberly Peirce - Director of Carrie

Kimberly Peirce is taking a stab at reimagining one of the most iconic horror classics, Carrie, which arguably stars one of the best horror heroines in the genre.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 17, 2013 2:00 PM
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Kimberly Peirce: "How Many More Movies Could I Have Made?"

Yesterday, the NY Times Magazine featured a profile of director Kimberly Peirce as she readies the release of the remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Second Trailer for Kimberly Peirce's Carrie

The second trailer for Kimberly Peirce's upcoming remake of the horror classic, Carrie, gives even more glimpses at how Peirce will interpret the classic scenes from the original.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2013 10:30 AM
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Julianne Moore on Women and Aging in Hollywood

We didn't think that it was possible for Julianne Moore to be even more incredible. The acclaimed actress recently did an interview with DuJour magazine for their June issue. In it the interviewer asks Moore some apparently standard lady celebrity questions about aging and motherhood.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 24, 2013 1:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: The English Teacher - Co-Written by Stacy Chariton

The English Teacher, co-written by Stacy Chariton and starring Julianne Moore follows an English teacher in a small town who gets involved with a former student. Here's a description from the press materials.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 16, 2013 10:00 AM
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Watch This: Full Trailer for Kimberly Peirce's Carrie

After months of teaser trailers, the full trailer for Kimberly Peirce's Carrie is here. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz as the iconic title character, Peirce's reinvisioning of the film is said to be closer to Stephen King's original text.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 8, 2013 10:00 AM
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