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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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 and Hollywood

The Honourable Woman: Upending the Sexy Spy Drama

I'm so tired of otherwise three-dimensional female characters being shoehorned into fuck-me clothes.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • August 7, 2014 11:33 AM
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Trailer Watch: Maggie Gyllenhaal is a British Arms Dealer in The Honorable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal in "White House Down"
Gyllenhaal's co-stars include Janet McTeer, Lindsay Duncan, and Stephen Rea.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 25, 2014 10:41 AM
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Maggie Gyllenhaal to Star in Sundance Channel/BBC Miniseries The Honourable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal will be starring in a new miniseries co-produced by the BBC and Sundance Channel, The Honourable Woman.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 1, 2013 12:05 PM
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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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Talking with Maggie Gyllenhaal about Won't Back Down

I'm a bit obsessed with this film.  My obsession stems from the fact that we have a film with two previous women with Oscar nominations in it (three if you count Holly Hunter in her supporting role) that has basically been dumped, and has allowed the teachers union to have the upper hand in creating the public and press narrative of the film. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 19, 2012 3:25 PM
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Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal Court Controversy With Won't Back Down

When was the last time there was a movie that focused on two women (or more) both over 30 that opened on 2,500 screens?  I count three in the last two years.  Earlier this year there was Joyful Noise starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton (which wasn't a big success.)  And last year there were the megahits Bridesmaids and The Help.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 27, 2012 11:40 AM
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Women's Films Opening - May 18, 2012

Recommendations for the week:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 18, 2012 1:00 PM
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Hysteria - Directed by Tanya Wexler, co-written by Jonah Lisa Dyer

Here is a repost of the review of the review I wrote after I saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival.  The film opens in the US today.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 18, 2012 10:12 AM
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Trailer Watch: Won't Back Down

This is my kind of movie. It stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and Holly Hunter. Look for it in Theatres September 28.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 18, 2012 9:19 AM
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Interview with Tanya Wexler - Director of Hysteria

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2012 12:53 PM
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