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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

Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate Behavior' Finds Distribution

Gravitas Ventures will release the (very funny) Sundance comedy early next year.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 19, 2014 12:00 PM
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Diane Keaton to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Zurich Film Festival

The festival will screen 'And So It Goes,' Keaton's latest romantic comedy.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 19, 2014 11:10 AM
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Heather Graham to Write, Direct, and Star in Her Own Movie

'Half Magic' will be a comedy focusing on relationships, sex, and sexism.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Gloria Estefan Musical Coming to Broadway in 2015

Estefan is welcoming video auditions via Twitter (#reachgloria).
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 18, 2014 1:32 PM
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Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland to Get Biopic

The adaptation of Copeland's bestselling memoir is being described as "'The Blind Side' set in the dance world."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 18, 2014 11:36 AM
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Thandie Newton Has DirecTV Show Renewed, Joins HBO Drama

Newton just became the busiest woman in Hollywood.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 18, 2014 10:00 AM
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'Outlander' Renewed After One Episode

The overwhelmingly positive ratings, reviews, and fan support made renewal an easy decision.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 15, 2014 12:30 PM
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Chelsea Handler Planning a Live, Star-Studded Bash for Her Series Finale

Among the announced guests are Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Aniston, and Handler's former flame 50 Cent.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 14, 2014 11:00 AM
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Second Mary Shelley Biopic to Star Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner

The Frankenstein author is apparently Hollywood's writer du jour.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 13, 2014 3:43 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Close to Starring in Adaptation of Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle

Walls' best-selling 2005 memoir details a childhood of harrowing neglect.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 12, 2014 2:46 PM
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