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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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Kristen Wiig to Direct, Star, and Co-Write a Bridesmaids Follow-Up with Annie Mumolo

The unnamed comedy will mark Wiig's directorial debut.
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  • June 12, 2014 10:37 AM
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Director Liza Johnson on Exploring Kristen Wiig's Dramatic Side in Hateship Loveship

In her Alice Munro adaptation, Johnson creates another film about a female protagonist who is "teetering on the sidelines of a society she will risk everything to join."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 9, 2014 10:00 AM
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April 2014 Film Preview

A list of all the April films written, directed by, and/or starring women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 1, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Kristen Wiig in Hateship Loveship

Liza Johnson ("Return") adapts an Alice Munro short story about a naive, lovelorn nanny.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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TIFF: IFC Films Acquires Liza Johnson's Hateship Loveship

Out of Toronto, IFC Films is acquiring the U.S. rights for Liza Johnson's Hateship Loveship starring Kristen Wiig.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 17, 2013 3:30 PM
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Don't Forget: Kristen Wiig to Host SNL This Weekend

You know you're excited. We sure are. Might be a good live tweet occasion.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 8, 2013 11:07 AM
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Trailer Watch: Girl Most Likely - Written by Michelle Morgan and Co-Directed by Shari Springer Berman

This is Kristen Wiig's first leading role onscreen since Bridesmaids. I hope people are not expecting Bridesmaids 2 because this looks a bit more intense. Formerly titled Imogene, Wiig plays a playwright who has a nervous breakdown and is forced to move back in with her estranged mom (Annette Bening).
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 6, 2013 10:18 AM
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Erasing Gilda Radner's Legacy

I read with extreme shock that several of the Gilda's Clubs around the country were going to change their names Cancer Support Community because many people, especially the young ones, who come in for help don't know who Gilda Radner was.  What a lame reason.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 4, 2013 10:30 AM
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Liza Johnson Directing Kristen Wiig in Hateship, Friendship

Kristen Wiig will be starring in Hateship, Friendship which begins shooting next week in New Orleans.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 22, 2012 12:30 PM
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Academy Names 176 New Members

In an attempt to diversify its membership, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 176 people to become members. There are just under 6,000 members of the full Academy. Keep in mind that a person is only allowed to be a member of one branch. So for example, Barbra Streisand. She might have been invited for her acting, so if she did not change her branch when she became a director, she does not vote for the best director nominee.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2012 11:00 AM
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