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

While We Were Away...Some Links of Interest

Here are some links from when we were away that might interest people:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 3, 2013 11:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: Side Effects - Starring Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara gets her lead post her Oscar nominated performance in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in Side Effects, a thriller from Seven Soderberg. It looks a bit messy but one can never underestimate Soderberg.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 12, 2012 9:45 AM
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Branding The Oscar Body

If this year’s Oscars known as the "women's superbowl" only attracted half (39.3 million to be exact) the viewing audience of that great male gladiator event, that’s still way more than enough people to make an enormous impact on the body ideals and aspirations of girls and women who buy the fashion lines and accessories and makeover surgeries (AKA “aesthetic medicine”) such as the silicone implants and butt lifts that inspire fans to become clones of their favorite hot movie star.
  • By Emily Fox-Kales
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  • March 2, 2012 10:43 AM
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Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2012

At least they are all dressed.  But all the satin kind of reminds me of a brothel.  Thw women on the power panel which is the actual cover are Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.  And Jennifer Lawrence is in the top center.  Smart of them to include the awesome Adepero Oduye.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 9:10 AM
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Rooney Mara to Cover EW

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hasn't opened at the level that Sony would have liked,  just $27 million in 6 days of release, (see Thompson on Hollywood analysis of what went wrong) but it goes without saying that the character of Lisbeth Salander has gotten people talking.  So much so that Entertainment Weekly has put Rooney Mara on its cover which will hit newstands tomorrow.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 29, 2011 3:06 PM
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 20, 2011 10:32 AM
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Sony's Woman Problem

I for one am psyched to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (which I will be seeing later today.) But not all women are excited according to a piece last week in Vulture.  Sony seems to be nervous that the film is not tracking well among women, which is one of the reasons why they are opening it up a day early because they need to build word of mouth.  And remember that this is an R rated movies so the young teenage boys are not the target
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 19, 2011 12:30 PM
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The Golden Globe Nominations: The Women

I like the Golden Globe show cause it's always goofy.  People drink, say funny stuff and you get TV and film people in one place.  People who are awards watchers don't take it too seriously because they have two different film categories -- comedy and drama -- which no other awards do.  The also kiss a lot of celebrity butt in order to have a star ladened show rather than a serious awards show.  So you must not take anything these people do too seriously.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 16, 2011 9:49 AM
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Talking Oscars and Feminism with Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter

Check out this audio interview I did with Scott Feinberg - Oscar analyst at the Hollywood Reporter. We talked about the Oscar race with a feminist slant. I really enjoyed the conversation.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 9, 2011 11:56 AM
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Long Trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Prepare yourselves.  It is almost here.  This wil hopefully hold you for a little while.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 2, 2011 10:32 AM
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