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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

The Big O: Watch Out, Toronto - The Great Kate, Dame Maggie, and Some Stellar Female Directors Are Coming Your Way

Also at Toronto this year: Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Chastain.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 23, 2014 11:50 AM
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Angelina Jolie to Direct, Co-Write, and Star in "Intimate" Film with Brad Pitt

"By the Sea" will be Jolie and Pitt's first on-screen collaboration since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 21, 2014 1:00 PM
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The Big O: 2015 Oscar Preview: Expect Reese to Rise Again and a Woman to Crash the Directing Category

Angelina Jolie and Ava Duvernay are both prime candidates to become the fifth female director nominated for an Oscar.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 15, 2014 11:22 AM
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Trailer Watch: First Spot for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Her subject, Louis Zamperini, was a child of the globalizing 20th century.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 10, 2014 1:18 PM
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Maleficent Grosses $600 Million Worldwide, Becomes Fourth Highest-Earning Film of the Year So Far

The revisionist fairy tale is also the highest-grossing film of Angelina Jolie's career.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 3, 2014 12:00 PM
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Why Maleficent is the Rape Revenge Film That We Need

In praise of the audacity of "Maleficent."
  • By Robyn Bahr
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  • June 24, 2014 2:38 PM
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Angelina Jolie's Unbroken Gets Olympic Preview

Angelina Jolie's Christmas 2014 release "Unbroken" looks like it will be the highest-profile woman-directed picture since Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 17, 2014 1:25 PM
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Donna Langley Becomes Second Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood

A New York Times profile of Langley coincided with the announcement that her contract at NBCUniversal has been renewed until 2017.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 11:00 AM
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Women-Directed Films in 2014 Will Be Few and Far Between (Updated)

Movie-lovers interested in films by women directors won't have much reason to go to the mutliplex this year. In 2013, only three films from female filmmakers opened in wide release. 2014 looks to be a slight improvement, but not by much.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:21 PM
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Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury Honored at the Governors Awards

Angelina Jolie and Angela Lansbury, along with Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi, received honorary Oscars at the Governors Award last night. Awarded by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, these early bald-men statuettes are intended to provide recognize career achievements overlooked by the Academy Awards.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 18, 2013 2:00 PM
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