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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

Why Young Women Are the Hottest Box Office Demographic

How "The Fault in Our Stars" made $48 million in its opening weekend on a $12 million production budget with minimal traditional advertising.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 9, 2014 1:03 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Crosspost: The Fault in Our Stars: Our Love Affair with Romance and Feminism

"The Fault in Our Stars" is so powerful not because of its romance, but because of its pain.
  • By Natalie Wilson
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  • June 6, 2014 12:03 PM
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A Teachable Feminist Moment Courtesy of Shailene Woodley

Some thoughts on feminism for Shailene Woodley.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 5, 2014 5:26 PM
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  • 9 Comments

Trailer Watch: Extended Spot for The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel and Augustus share a language of their own.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 30, 2014 11:00 AM
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Divergent Third Novel to be Split into Two Movies

Get ready for "Divergent" domination.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 14, 2014 1:00 PM
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  • 0 Comments

Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Divergent Leaps to the Top of the Box Office; Sequel Planned

Critics may not have liked Divergent, but audiences sure did.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 24, 2014 10:42 AM
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Will Divergent be the Next YA Phenom?

Advance ticket sales suggest probably.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 21, 2014 1:06 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Why Shailene Woodley is Wrong to Blast Twilight

There'd be no "Divergent" without "Twilight."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 14, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 55 Comments

Trailer Watch: Divergent Finally Looks Amazing

The marketing team behind Divergent released a fantastic new trailer yesterday that should finally pique audiences.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 5, 2014 11:17 AM
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  • 0 Comments

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