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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

Lena Dunham Gets A Big, Big Book Deal

Current megastar Lena Dunham is smartly trading on her success and wide name recognition and sold her first book, a book of advice to young women, entitled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned for a whopping $3.7 million.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 10, 2012 2:00 PM
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Anne Hathaway to Star in Mindy Kaling's The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie

Mindy Kaling’s Black List script The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie now has Anne Hathaway attached to star. Co-written with Kaling’s former The Office co-worker Brent Forrester, Gillespie follows a woman whose debilitating low self-esteem leads her to date a string of terrible losers. When she’s about to give up, a beautiful guy begins pursuing her.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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Women Donors Save the Orange Prize for Literature

A group of female donors including Cherie Blair, Martha Lane Fox and the novelist Joanna Trollope have come in at the last minute to keep the Orange Prize for women's fiction in existence. The prize will now be known at the Women's Prize for Fiction. The committee is hoping to have a new headline sponsor in place for 2014.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 10, 2012 10:33 AM
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New TV Projects From a Host of Women Including Elizabeth Banks, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Poehler

If all this television news continues, we are in for a lot of promising sounding female centric, female produced and female written shows. This time around Elizabeth Banks, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Poehler, Rachel Harris & Angela Kinsey are producing and creating shows for CBS, The CW, Comedy Central and Fox.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2012 9:14 AM
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Kelly Marcel Writing Fifty Shades of Grey Screenplay

As we previously reported, 3 female screenwriters, Karen Croner, Veena Sud and Kelly Marcel were in talks to adapt Fifty Shades of Grey.  The golden ticket goes to Kelly Marcel for the coveted gig.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2012 5:00 PM
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11 out of 71 Academy Foreign Language Film Submissions Are Directed by Women

For the 85th Academy Awards, a record-breaking 71 countries have submitted films to compete in the Foreign Language Film category. However, according to our research, only 11 of those 71 films are directed by women. Last year, women directed 10 out of the 63 films submitted. Granted, we don’t know yet which films will end up in the category, but Cate Shortland’s Lore, Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void and Ursula Meier’s Sister are all garnering some buzz.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2012 1:08 PM
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Lena Dunham at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit and New Book Proposal

Lena Dunham is on a roll that looks like it cannot be stopped. Despite getting shut out of the Emmys, Dunham has been busy with season 2 of Girls (airing in January), publishing essays in The New Yorker and co-writing the film Nobody Walks (out October 12).
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 4, 2012 12:15 PM
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The Best Quotes from Tina Fey's Entertainment Weekly Interview

I believe that we have all come to a group consensus that Tina Fey is the best. As we reported last week, NBC feels the same about Fey. And so does Entertainment Weekly!
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 4, 2012 10:45 AM
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Meryl Streep in Talks for Into the Woods; Mommy and Me with Tina Fey No Longer Option

Meryl Streep is in talks of joining Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Into the Woods is a musical that takes different aspects and characters of classic fairy tales and interweaves them into an original story focusing on a baker and his wife and the witch that curses them. Streep is in talks to play the witch.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 3, 2012 3:44 PM
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Fill the Void Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein Gets Picked Up by Sony Pictures Classics

The team at Sony PIctures Classics has been very busy since Toronto and they added another women directed film Fill the Void written and directed by Rama Burshtein to their list of acquisitions. The film will be Israel's submission to the Academy Award for best foreign film having won seven awards including best director, best picture and best screenplay at Israel's Ophirs (their version of the Academy Awards.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 3, 2012 1:15 PM
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