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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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TV: The Maya Rudolph Show to Debut in May

With co-star Kristen Bell and musical guest Janelle Monae!
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 16, 2014 1:00 PM
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Kristen Bell Scores First Victory in Fight Against "Pedorazzi"

TV's "Entertainment Tonight" is the first journalism outfit to sign up for Bell and husband Dax Shepherd's boycotting of paparazzi pics of children.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 24, 2014 1:30 PM
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TV: The Staying Power of Veronica Mars

"Veronica Mars" is radically reshaping our understanding of what it means for a TV program to be successful.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • January 24, 2014 2:00 PM
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Disney Helps More Girls See Themselves Onscreen with Multilingual "Let It Go" Video

Disney has released a 25-language version of "Let It Go," and though the majority of the languages included are European, they do represent several continents. By ensuring that a much larger swath of its global audience feel like they belong in the Magic Kingdom, the studio makes members of ignored communities feel like they matter.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 23, 2014 3:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Veronica Mars' Theatrical Preview

The official trailer turns away from the "choosing boyfriends" theme of the previously released "first look" to focus on our heroine's sleuthing skills and uncomfortable homecoming.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 3, 2014 10:54 AM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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Trailer Watch: 'Veronica Mars' Looks like 'Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie'

The heavy focus on the love triangle between Veronica’s old flame Logan and her current beau Piz distracts from our heroine’s best qualities – her intelligence, wit, and passion for the truth – and makes the film like the latest edition of “Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.”
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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New Trailer for Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

Disney has released a new trailer for Frozen, co-directed by Jennifer Lee.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee, co-director of the upcoming Frozen, is only the second woman in Disney history to direct a Disney animated feature.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 3, 2013 10:00 AM
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Listless Women and Life Realizations in The Lifeguard and Afternoon Delight

Entering into the late twenties--one becomes increasingly accustomed to seeing life's so-called major plot points swelling around them...
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 23, 2013 12:15 PM
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