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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Diana - A Dystopian Love Story

People prefer gossip, conspiracy, or drama over truth because we're cynical. The recent release Diana about the final years of Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, is a controversial attempt at rendering a portrait for the screen.
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  • November 4, 2013 1:30 PM
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The Big O: Reality Bites Oscar -- Hard

It's time to get real about the Oscar race.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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New Trailer: Diana - Starring Naomi Watts

Here is the first domestic trailer for Diana, starring Naomi Watts.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 4, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Sunlight Jr. - Written and Directed by Laurie Collyer

Laurie Collyer's Sunlight Jr. is her latest film following up 2006's Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Interview with Anne Fontaine - Director of Adore

Women and Hollywood got the chance to interview Anne Fontaine about her new film, Adore, which she directed. Adore hits theaters today.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Full Trailer - Diana

I have to say that this looks really good to me. I just wonder how it will play in the new Princess Catherine world we live in. But I think people are still fascinated with Diana, and Naomi Watts looks spot on.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 7, 2013 10:46 AM
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New Trailer: Adore - Directed by Anne Fontaine

Anne Fontaine's latest, Adore, stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two lifelong friends who both end up in majorly boundary crossing relationships with each other's sexy grown sons.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Teaser for Diana - Starring Naomi Watts

Check out the teaser trailer for Diana, starring Naomi Watts, as the iconic Princess Diana. The film focuses on the last two years of her life--looking at her activism and relationships with Dodi Fayed and Hasnat Khan.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 12, 2013 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Two Mothers - Directed by Anne Fontaine

Anne Fontaine's Two Mothers premiered at Sundance to mixed reviews. The film follows the friendship of two mothers (Robin Wright and Naomi Watts) who both sleep with each other's extremely good looking sons (Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville). Things, obviously, become complicated.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 20, 2013 10:00 AM
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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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