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: Divergent Finally Looks Amazing

The marketing team behind ´╗┐Divergent released a fantastic new trailer yesterday that should finally pique audiences.
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  • February 5, 2014 11:17 AM
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Trailer Watch: Divergent

Teenage girls of the future continue to get the raw deal in Divergent, the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling YA trilogy.
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  • November 13, 2013 5:00 PM
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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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Trailer Watch: Divergent - Starring Shailene Woodley

The first trailer for Divergent, based on the first novel in Veronica Roth's trilogy, was released last week.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 4, 2013 10:00 AM
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Kate Winslet to Star in Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet is going to star in Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker. Moorhouse has also written the script which is based on the novel by Rosalie Ham.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 14, 2013 2:00 PM
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Women-Centric Film News Round Up

Here’s some recent women-centric film news that we wanted to make sure didn't get pased by:
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Happy International Women's Day: Women in Film and TV (UK) Releases 2012 Power List

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2012 12:22 PM
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The Golden Globe Nominations: The Women

I like the Golden Globe show cause it's always goofy.  People drink, say funny stuff and you get TV and film people in one place.  People who are awards watchers don't take it too seriously because they have two different film categories -- comedy and drama -- which no other awards do.  The also kiss a lot of celebrity butt in order to have a star ladened show rather than a serious awards show.  So you must not take anything these people do too seriously.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 16, 2011 9:49 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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