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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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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda to Reunite in Netflix Sitcom from Friends Creator

Oh, happy day!
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  • March 19, 2014 1:05 PM
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Interview with Lily Tomlin - Narrator and Executive Producer of An Apology to Elephants

Tonight, in honor of Earth Day, HBO will premiere An Apology to Elephants narrated by Lily Tomlin that will put to an end any feeling person's trips to the circus. It's an intense film about the abuses elephants endure to entertain us, but is written in a way (by Jane Wagner) that won't freak kids out. The film is directed by Amy Schatz.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 22, 2013 3:07 PM
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Lily Tomlin on Feminism, Humor and Girls

With the release of Admission, the awesome Lily Tomlin has been popping up in the media. Seeing Tomlin reminds us of what a pioneer she has been in Hollywood ranging from her career as a comedic actress, to being an outspoken feminist, to the casual acknowledgement of her sexuality and long term relationship with Jane Wagner. Interesting tidbit. She was offered the cover of Time in 1975 if she would come out. She said no, and still got it for her work.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 28, 2013 12:30 PM
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Interview with Karen Croner - Writer of Admission

Women and Hollywood: I read that you started in the documentary world? Can you talk about how you shifted into writing?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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Admission Gives Us Some Real Feminism On Screen

Comedies today seem to always go for the broadest, raunchiest laughs. The audience is not trusted to get the comedic nuances in everyday life. That is not the case with the new film Admission written by Karen Croner, directed by Paul Weitz and based on the book by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2013 10:39 AM
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