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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

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks Reunite -- as Director and Producer

Ryan's going to do her comeback her way.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 31, 2014 10:25 AM
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Friday Fun: Flash Mob Recreates 'When Harry Met Sally'

Twenty women from a performance group called Improv Everywhere, a "New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places," recreated Meg Ryan's fake-orgasm scene in Katz's Deli.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 15, 2013 1:00 PM
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Meg Ryan to TV

Meg Ryan will soon be heading to television screens with a new NBC comedy from Marc Lawrence.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 14, 2013 11:33 AM
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The Big O: How Sandra Bullock Found Her Own Sense of Gravity

As Sandra Bullock embarks on her spellbinding one-woman space odyssey in Alfonso Cuaron's stunning 3-D thriller Gravity at theaters this weekend, let us consider her extraordinary trajectory right here on Earth.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Must Watch - Half the Sky - Turning Oppression Into Opportunity

Forty plus years into the modern women's movement there are still undeniable atrocities happening to girls and women throughout the world. For centuries these atrocities have gone on as part of life, but now, in the modern world these practices have been exposed and there are people throghout the world working to change them.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 1, 2012 11:07 AM
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Nora Ephron Dies at 71

I'm sitting here reeling from the news that Nora Ephron has died.  No one even knew she was sick and now she is gone.  The loss to movies, and especially to women in movies, cannot be underestimated.  This is a woman who was an Oscar nominated screenwriter three times over for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.  Not many people can boast one Oscar nomination and she got three.  She was a successful writer who then at 50 became a director.  In a business that prides itself on youth, and precisely speaking, male youth, this woman decided to become a director after a successful career as a journalist and screenwriter.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 26, 2012 11:09 PM
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Meg Ryan to Make Directing Debut

Here's another actress looking for her next act. Meg Ryan is going to direct Into the Beautiful from a script by Anne Meredith. Variety says it is a contemporary "Big Chill."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 6, 2011 2:09 AM
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