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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 and Hollywood

The Big O: 2015 Oscar Preview: Expect Reese to Rise Again and a Woman to Crash the Directing Category

Angelina Jolie and Ava Duvernay are both prime candidates to become the fifth female director nominated for an Oscar.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 15, 2014 11:22 AM
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Marion Cotillard to Star in French Auteur Nicole Garcia's Next Film

"Mal de Pierres" (literal translation: "Evil Stones") will be Garcia's eighth feature.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 11, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant

Cotillard is lit like a 1930s ingenue in the gorgeous trailer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 25, 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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Elle Magazine Announced Honorees of 20th Annual Women in Hollywood Event

Elle magazine announced the honorees of their 20th annual Women in Hollywood event.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 10:00 AM
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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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The Hollywood Reporter 2012 Actress Roundtable: Addressing Sexism, the Fight for Parts and Creating Media

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter released their annual Actress Roundtable issue. This year the list was all white and included Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams and Rachel Weisz all participated. Surprising omissions were Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain (which could have been because of their schedules.) We took the time to listen to the entire hour that was posted and found the roundtable banter between the actresses to be lively and warm. They discussed a wide range of topics including passion projects to terrible directors and addressed their admiration for one another’s work. (Let the fawning begin)
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 28, 2012 12:35 PM
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Trailer Watch: Rust and Bone Starring Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard stars in Rust and Bone as Stephanie, a whale trainer, who becomes close with a single father and boxer, Ali, after a devastating accident where she loses her legs. The film had its North American premiere last night in Toronto. Cotillard is as usual fantastic as a woman trying to remake her life after she is forced by the accident to change everything about herself and her life. She is drawn to Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) a total loser boxer/security guard who has a short fuse and not a lot of options. Since they had only met once before the accident, he has no preconceived notions of who she is and was before. The forge a unllikely bond as they both struggle to move on with their lives. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film this fall.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 7, 2012 9:30 AM
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