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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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Women-Centric TV Shows Dominate WGAs

If the so-called Golden Age of Television -- a cultural epoch that deconstructed masculinity while reveling in violence and guilt -- is now over, we appear to be living in a second Golden Age -- one for women on TV.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 10, 2013 11:19 AM
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Why Characters Like Masters Of Sex's Virginia Johnson Matter

On September 29 at 10PM, when Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) walks briskly through the halls of a St. Louis hospital as she goes about her duties as the assistant to Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen), the sound of her clicking heels signals the arrival of Masters of Sex...
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • September 25, 2013 2:00 PM
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Fall TV Preview - The Best and Worst So Far

It's September, which means it's time for a new television season. But the plethora of new shows arriving this year can be equal parts gift and curse. Before you start setting your DVRs and planning your premiere parties, here's our comprehensive guide to the best and worst shows for women this fall--as well as five more where the jury's still out.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • September 13, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Save The Date - Starring Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie

Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan star in Save the Date as sisters, Beth and Sarah, who are dealing with their own respective romantic entanglements. Sarah's in a rebound relationship after rejecting her former boyfriend's unexpected proposal. And Beth is planning her wedding with her long-term boyfriend.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 29, 2012 9:45 AM
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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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Two Women Created Shows Go to Series at Showtime

Showtime has ordered 12 episodes of two series and both are created by women. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 12, 2012 9:45 AM
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Sundance Press Obsession with the "It" Girl

I never realized how annoying the whole "it" girl thing was until I saw three straight "it" girls articles in my RSS feed yesterday about three different women.  I know that people have to come up with a lot of stories to write and this is an easy way to talk about women, but I just want to say the whole term and discussion is sexist because you never, ever, see and article on an "it" boy.  Can you imagine a press article written about an "it" boy?  No, you can't and that's why it's sexist.  It is a convenient way of writing about a cute, usually younger, usually white woman who has surprised people with her performance in a film (or films) or who has been discovered, or rediscovered.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 26, 2012 11:09 AM
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