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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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Women and Hollywood

The Big O: When it Comes to Oscar Dames, Dench Rules

According to Oscar, there is no dame grander than Judi Dench.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 15, 2013 6:46 AM
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The Big O: Natalie Portman Swings the Hammer When it Comes to Her Post-Oscar Career

Natalie Portman is in the midst of a very important performance, one that could decide her future in the movie industry.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 8, 2013 3:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Gravity Has Biggest October Opening in History

Gravity hit big at the box office over the weekend, grossing much more than was predicted for Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi epic starring Sandra Bullock.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 7, 2013 1:00 PM
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My First Forbes Piece: Gravity - A Step Forward for Women Onscreen

I believe that it is important to talk about the issues related to women and Hollywood to as wide as audience as possible. That's the only way we will make progress.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 7, 2013 10:30 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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The Big O: Are Grande Dames the New Babes?

Beauty before age. This twist on an old adage has held sway for the most part when it comes to selecting which actresses are granted an Oscar each year, at least for the past several decades. But 2013 might find more than few new wrinkles (as well as some old ones) in a contest where experience doesn't always count.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 27, 2013 11:20 AM
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The Big O: Assessing the Actress Races Coming Out of Venice, Telluride and Toronto

Telluride and Venice are fini. Toronto wraps this weekend. Time for some serious girl talk about how the lead and supporting actress categories have somewhat shifted now that the festival Oscar pundits and critics have chimed in.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • September 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Gravity - Starring Sandra Bullock

As we previously reported, Alfonso Cuaron got flack from having a female lead in the upcoming Gravity. However with the great reviews of the film coming out of Venice and TIFF, it looks like those ridiculous complaints have all been squashed.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2013 1:45 PM
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The Big O: The Oscar Season Kicks Off

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Big O, Women & Hollywood's new Oscar column, our attempt to look at the awards season from a more thoughtful female perspective.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 4, 2013 2:47 PM
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The Heat Opening Weekend Box Office in the UK

Paul Feig's follow-up to the gender-defying Bridesmaids was ushered into UK cinemas by supportive critics and very positive reviews. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy received universally high praise for their comedy turns in The Heat as FBI agent Ashburn and Boston cop Mullins.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • August 8, 2013 1:30 PM
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