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

TV: The Maya Rudolph Show to Debut in May

With co-star Kristen Bell and musical guest Janelle Monae!
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  • April 16, 2014 1:00 PM
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TV: Maya Rudolph to Return to NBC in Variety Show

SNL comedienne and Up All Night actress Maya Rudolph is the latest entertainer to attempt a resuscitation of the primetime variety show.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 14, 2013 3:00 PM
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SNL Addresses the Lack of African American Women Straight On

Over the last couple of weeks there has been an ongoing controversy over the lack of African American women on Saturday Night Live.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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How Can We Still be Talking About Whether Women Are Funny?

Yesterday morning brought the great news that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015. They were so terrific as hosts last year that the Globe people were smart to lock them in for an extended run.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 16, 2013 1:00 PM
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Friends With Kids - Written and Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

What's interesting about Friends with Kids is that Jennifer Westfeldt has the skills to make a film feel subversive and mainstream at the same time.  The story she tells (which she also produces and directs) is about best friends who want a kid even though they haven't found the partners they want to parent with.  They decide to parent with each other much to the chagrin of their friends who are going down the conventional road.  She asks questions through the different couples about whether the norm is normal, whether you need to find a soul mate to raise a child, what is a soul mate, and whether you stay together for the sake of the kids when you are miserable.  She also shows how hard it is to find a mate in NYC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 9, 2012 10:25 AM
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Trailer Watch: Friends With Kids Written and Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 13, 2012 11:00 AM
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Laugh Out Loud Bridesmaids Blooper Reel

I loved seeing Jill Clayburgh
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 13, 2011 12:57 PM
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Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph and the Homeless Fart

Hysterical interview from the French junket for Bridesmaids. This dude hit the jackpot
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 8, 2011 2:00 AM
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Why Bridesmaids Matters

This feels like another cultural watershed moment for women on screen. A big studio comedy that is about women. We all know the difficulties women in comedy have faced. Gone are the days of Goldie Hawn and Madeline Kahn and Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. Women who were allowed to be stars and allowed to be funny in movies.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2011 3:59 AM
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Trailer Alert: Bridesmaids (The Dirty Version)

2 more weeks until Bridesmaids. I'm going to see it next week and I am psyched. This has potential cross over for male and female audiences. Here's what Russ Fischer said on /Film: "This movie is great. It’s my favorite comedy of the year without any competition at all."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 27, 2011 1:22 AM
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