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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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Bachelorette - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

While it might be tempting to compare Bachelorette to Bridesmaids because they are both about women and weddings - you would be doing so at your peril. Whereas Bridesmaids was about the utter collapse and rebirth of a woman, Bachelorette is about a bunch of hedonistic, awful high school friends who convene in NYC for the wedding of a classmate. The women -- played by Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan -- are mortified (though Kirsten Dunst is the most mortified) that the first of their high school friends to get married is overweight Becky played by a restrained Rebel Wilson. To top it off, she's marrying a really hot guy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 7, 2012 1:36 PM
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Red Band Trailer for Bachelorette Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

Talk about raunch. Yowza. On demand - August 10, in theatres September 8.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 6, 2012 10:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: Bachelorette - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland

This is based on the play by Leslye Headland and premiered at Sundance in January. The more I see information about this movie, the more I want to see it. I am also excited to see more of Rebel Wilson who was hysterical in her scene in Bridesmaids.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 23, 2012 9:43 AM
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Melancholia

I had really no desire to see Melancholia the new film by Lars von Trier because the guy is such an ass and every time he opens his mouth he inserts his foot into it.  But when Kirsten Dunst won best actress at Cannes I was intrigued, and then when other smart folks whose opinions I value also mentioned the film, I decided to suck it up and try and see it which I was able to do last month when I was traveling in Berlin.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 11, 2011 10:39 AM
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