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

The Lady Killers: Considering the Female Killer in Horror

In contrast to many other genres, horror films have long been hospitable to the concept of the female hero. From Marion Crane to Laurie Strode, Nancy Thompson to Clarice Starling, many of horror's most iconic protagonists have also been women.
  • By Emily Rauber
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  • October 18, 2013 3:30 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: American Horror Story: Coven - Starring Jessica Lange

The next chapter in the horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven, boasts an insanely talented female cast from American Horror Story veterans like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe to new additions who also happen to be some of the great actresses working today like Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone and Angela Bassett.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 24, 2013 10:00 AM
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Kathy Bates is Not Happy With NBC

Over the weekend at the Television Critics Association's Summer TV 2013 Press Tour, Kathy Bates spoke out about the Harry's Law cancellation and her experience with NBC.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 5, 2013 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: A Little Bit of Heaven Directed by Nicole Kassell

Are we going to get to see a more mature Kate Hudson? One can only hope. This film will release on VOD on April 3 and in theatres on May 4. The premise is a cliche. Young woman gets cancer and falls in love with her doctor.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 18, 2012 9:30 AM
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Kathy Bates Stars in New NBC Show - Harry's Law

Some good news this January.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 5, 2011 9:43 AM
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