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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

Trailer Watch: The Heat - Written by Katie Dippold, Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

The Heat, written by Katie Dippold and directed by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig brings together two stars Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as a tough Boston cop and uptight FBI agent respectively who are assigned to work together to bring down a drug lord. Neither has had much luck in working well with their co-workers let alone personal friendships.
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  • November 21, 2012 1:30 PM
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Kristen Stewart is Top Earning Actress in Hollywood

The woman with the most Oscars is not the highest paid woman in Hollywood.  According to Forbes, that honor goes to Kristen Stewart who this year will have two monster hits with the current Snow White and the Huntsman which is now at almost $250 million total and the upcoming Breaking Dawn Part 2.  This 21-year-old made $34.5 million.  But all the women on the list still earn less than their male counterparts men by over $160 million dollars.  The top men earned #61 million compared to women earning $200 million.  And I'm guessing the dudes make most of their money from salaries on the films, and women complement their film salaries with endorsements which at times brings in more than the salary for a film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 20, 2012 3:14 PM
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Lightning in a Bottle? Teaming Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

Could this be the successor to Bridesmaids?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 22, 2012 10:30 AM
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