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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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Ripley: Believe it or Not, It's About All That

When Women and Hollywood asked me if I wanted to do a couple of guest posts on horror movies, I jumped at the chance. Like Kerensa Cadenas mentioned in her introduction to the series, I have an abiding fascination with horror movies and the way they manage to articulate seemingly inarticulable fears.
  • By Holly L. Derr
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  • October 30, 2013 4:10 PM
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Golden Globe Noms Out But Who Cares We've Got a Video With Tina and Amy

I kind of think that the awards will be the after story of this year's Golden Globe ceremony which is scheduled for Janaury 13.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2012 4:20 PM
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Interview with Vamps Director Amy Heckerling

This was originally posted on April 9, 2012. Vamps is in theaters now.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 3, 2012 5:34 AM
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James Cameron on Women and Action Roles in Films

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 17, 2012 10:12 AM
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Guest Post: Nurture vs. Nuke

Four years ago, when Sarah Palin was nominated to the Republican ticket, columnist Sally Quinn famously asked, “When the phone rings at three in the morning and one of her children is really sick, what choice will she make?”
  • By Nora Barry
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  • August 22, 2012 2:02 PM
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Political Animals Preview: The Woman Problem

This week's episode is entitled "The Women Problem." Vanessa Redgrave stars as a gay Supreme Court judge who is a mentor to Elaine Barrish. Have you been watching? Are you enjoying it?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2012 9:45 AM
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Political Animals - A Reminder of What Could Have Been

Watching Political Animals with the amazing Sigourney Weaver in her TV series debut you can't help but think back to the brutal and historic 2008 presidential election.  No matter what the creators say (and lately they've been owning up to it more) Sigourney Weaver's character Elaine Barrish is based on Hillary Clinton.  It's hard not to see the correlation and is disingenuous to deny it since the character is a former First Lady who ran for President and is now the hugely popular Secretary of State.  The only differences between the two women -- besides their hair color -- is that the fictional version dumped her philandering husband (Ciaran Hinds) the day she conceded her race for the Presidency, and the character has two sons instead of one daughter.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 12, 2012 2:06 PM
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Win a Pair of Tickets to the World Premiere of Political Animals Starring Sigourney Weaver

One lucky New Yorker (sorry everyone else) over 21 will have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the world premiere screening and party for the new USA mini-series starring Sigourney Weaver in her first TV role playing Elaine Hammond, the former First Lady and current Secretary of State.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 19, 2012 11:18 AM
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Fasten Your Seatbelts: Political Animals is Coming

Folks it looks like this miniseries will kick some serious ass.  Maybe it will be another pop culture force that will help bang the gong for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 13, 2012 9:45 AM
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Interview with Vamps Director Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling has made some serious classic films in her career namely Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless. She was in NY this past weekend screening Clueless and her new film Vamps at the Lena Dunham curated program at BAM, Hey Girlfriend. Vamps is about vampires living in contemporary NYC starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 9, 2012 12:16 PM
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