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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

Yaya DaCosta Alafia to Play Whitney Houston in Lifetime Biopic

Alafia most recently co-starred in "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
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  • June 9, 2014 3:30 PM
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TV: Angela Bassett to Direct Lifetime Movie About Whitney Houston

Currently titled "Whitney Houston," the biopic will focus on the singer's troubled marriage to Bobby Brown.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 23, 2014 11:30 AM
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Sparkle on Nightline

Producer Debra Martin Chase and star Jordin Sparks talked to Deborah Roberts about Whitney Houston's last film Sparkle which is opening on Friday. Martin Chase and Houston were producing partners and friends for over a decade and Sparkle was supposed to be Houston's comeback role. Sadly, the movie will be her final role.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 14, 2012 10:30 AM
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New Trailer for Sparkle written by Mara Brock Akil

Film hits screens on August 17th.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 5, 2012 9:26 AM
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Trailer Watch: Sparkle

Watching this made me sad about Whitney Houston all over again. Opens August 10.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 3, 2012 9:37 AM
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A Studio Run By Women

Elizabeth Gabler just renewed her contract as the President of Fox 2000. This is the studio which is under the main Fox studio focuses on films targeted at the female audience. Its nickname is "Foxy Fox."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 15, 2012 10:30 AM
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