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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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Rebel Wilson to Star in Remake of Private Benjamin

Originally developed as a starring vehicle for Anna Faris, New Line's Update of Private Benjamin will feature Wilson. Goldie Hawn's portrayal in the original earned her an Oscar nomination, and the film was a huge commercial success.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 9, 2014 11:08 AM
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Elizabeth Banks to Direct Pitch Perfect 2

The sequel will be Banks' directorial debut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 2:00 PM
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Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night: When Self-Deprecating Heroines Tear Themselves Too Far Down

"I want to defend you, and then I find out you're the person who wrote it which is brilliant," Conan O'Brien told Australian comedienne Rebel Wilson at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, where they were presenting Super Fun Night, her new ABC sitcom about a group of friends who try to expand their social lives.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • August 12, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Roundup: Women Created Fall TV Shows

We've been reporting quite a bit about the Fall TV pick ups recently. Only 8 women created shows were picked up among all the networks which is a really depressing number.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 17, 2013 1:15 PM
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Emma Watson to Receive MTV's Trailblazer Award

Emma Watson is set to receive MTV's second annual Trailblazer award which honors young actors who have created their own unique path in the industry. Last year's recipient was Emma Stone.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 3, 2013 11:00 AM
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2013 Women-Created TV Pilots

It’s prime pilot season for the networks. After all the news that’s been coming out in the last six months or so about women-created shows, we wanted to see how that’s holding up with official announcements. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter’s amazing and extensive guide of all the pilots announced thus far, we have a rough idea. So far, The CW leads with 6 women-created shows on their roster. NBC has 4 and Fox, CBS and ABC are tied for last place with only 3 women-created shows. We will continue to update as more shows are announced.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 30, 2013 11:00 AM
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Erasing Gilda Radner's Legacy

I read with extreme shock that several of the Gilda's Clubs around the country were going to change their names Cancer Support Community because many people, especially the young ones, who come in for help don't know who Gilda Radner was.  What a lame reason.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 4, 2013 10:30 AM
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Rebel Wilson Sells Comedy to Universal

I’m sure you are thinking that Women and Hollywood has become Rebel Wilson’s unofficial fan page. We kind of are, but we can’t help but be super excited that Rebel Wilson is blowing up.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2012 4:00 PM
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Happy Weekend: Rebel Wilson and Ellen Rap Salt-N-Pepa

Rebel Wilson is one of our favorite funny women. Pairing her up with Ellen to rap Salt-N-Pepa's "Shoop," (a classic song) will make your weekend. Go see Rebel sing in Pitch Perfect which is now playing in theaters nationwide.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 5, 2012 3:22 PM
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Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect and Body Acceptance

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rebel Wilson discusses the difficulty she had in getting cast for roles when she was starting out in Hollywood. Despite her talent, Wilson wasn’t getting cast for roles, a process that frustrated her.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2012 11:07 AM
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