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

Trailer Watch: New Trailer for How I Live Now - Co-Written by Penelope Skinner

How I Live Now, co-written by Penelope Skinner and starring Saoirse Ronan, premiered at TIFF earlier this month.
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  • September 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: How I Live Now - Co-Written by Penelope Skinner

How I Live Now, based on the novel by Meg Rosoff, stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, who is sent to live with her family in the English countryside. She falls for the boy next door just as World War III strikes. When they are invaded, Daisy must survive to keep her family together and find her boyfriend again.
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  • August 14, 2013 1:15 PM
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Susanne Bier and Julie Delpy Line Up New Gigs

Susanne Bier and Julie Delpy are in talks for two exciting and high-profile projects.
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  • August 14, 2013 11:30 AM
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New Trailer: Byzantium - Starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton

IFC Films has just released a new trailer for Byzantium, based on Moira Buffini's play which she also adapted for the screen. The film follows Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) a mother-daughter vampire pair who relocate to a coastal town to try to start over. This ends up with deadly results for the both the pair and the town they inhabit.
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  • May 24, 2013 12:30 PM
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Cross Post: The Host: Less Anti-Feminist than Twilight, but Hardly a Sisterhood Manifesta

I readily admit I did not read The Host. I couldn't face it after immersing myself in all things Twilight while researching my book Seduced by Twilight. I started it, but less than 20 pages in I couldn't stomach any more of Stephenie Meyer's purple, flaccid prose. No, I agree with Nicki Gerlach--that "Meyer is not a particularly concise or elegant writer, never saying in one sentence what she could hammer at for three."
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  • April 15, 2013 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: New Trailer for The Host - Starring Saoirse Ronan

Based on Stephenie Meyer's non-Twilight novel, The Host follows Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) whose body is taken over by invading aliens (led by Diane Kruger). Instead of succumbing to the alien soul in her body, Melanie and "Wanda," set out to set the humans of the world free instead of destroying earth.
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  • March 4, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Host - Based on Stephenie Meyer's Novel

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  • November 15, 2012 9:29 AM
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Cannes 2012: News Update

Here's some movie news picked up from the trades coming out of Cannes
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  • May 22, 2012 11:30 AM
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Teaser Trailer: The Host

This is from Stephenie Meyer the writer of the Twilight saga.  It stars Saoirse Ronan and will open March 29, 2013.  Here's the description on Deadline:
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  • March 23, 2012 10:12 AM
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