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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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Trailer Watch: New Spot for Juliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart Drama Clouds of Sils Maria

Superhero movies scare and depress an aging actress played by Binoche.
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  • July 14, 2014 2:01 PM
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Snow White Sequel Ditches Snow White

Kristen Stewart will be written out of the franchise she made happen.
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  • June 30, 2014 12:04 PM
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Trailer Watch: Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

This "All About Eve"-esque melodrama also co-stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a rising starlet impatient to take Binoche's place.
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  • May 23, 2014 12:30 PM
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Forbes Releases Hollywood's Highest Paid Actresses List

Forbes recently released their annual highest paid actress list. The list is unfortunately, unsurprisingly very white and very young. And several of the actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman weren't even in films in the last year when the list was calculated (June 2012-June 2013).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 1, 2013 3:44 PM
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Today's Disconnect - Do Actresses Have Clout or Not?

Last week when I was in LA I read the following two articles on the same day.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 11, 2013 1:30 PM
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Kristen Stewart's Two Upcoming Indie Roles

Post Twilight and post Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart has booked two indie roles.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 6, 2013 11:00 AM
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2012 The Year in Review

We took a look back on the news for women in and around Hollywood in 2012 and here are the topics we think resonated this past year. Let us know what you think and if we missed any big news of the year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 28, 2012 10:13 AM
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Looking Back at 2012: Some of Our Favorite Pieces of the Year

Looking back over the last year we are some of our favorite and buzz worthy pieces that ran on the site. We think they are a great overview of what went on for women in and around Hollywood in 2012.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 27, 2012 10:41 AM
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Why Having Only Strong Girl Heroines is Not Enough

A.O. Scott in the lead story of the NY Times Magazine this past weekend wrote a very interesting piece on how Hollywood has finally embraced women, well not exactly women, heroines.  The piece "Hollywood's Year of Heroine Worship" delves into many very great points about the unique female characters seen onscreen this past year.  He focuses on the characters from Snow White and the Huntsman, Brave, The Hunger Games, Beasts of the Southern Wild and even adds in Twilight since Bella is much more heroic in the final film of the saga.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 11, 2012 2:00 PM
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A Conversation with Melissa Rosenberg - Writer of the Twilight Series

I had the opportunity to speak with the hugely successful and very interesting screenwriter and TV writer Melissa Rosenberg last week while she was on the set of her new show Red Widow. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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