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

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."
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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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Angelina Jolie's Unbroken Makes Moves

Angelina Jolie's second directorial feature Unbroken now has a release date and a star.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 12, 2013 11:32 AM
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Angelina Jolie to Direct Unbroken for Universal

Angelina Jolie is set to direct Unbroken, her first major studio film. The film is for Universal and Walden Media. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling 2010 book, Unbroken looks at the life of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and Air Force officer during WWII. Zamperini survived a plane crash during this period, and survived by floating on a raft for 47 days. He was later found by Japanese soldiers and spent time in a POW camp.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 20, 2012 9:39 AM
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Kristen Stewart is Top Earning Actress in Hollywood

The woman with the most Oscars is not the highest paid woman in Hollywood.  According to Forbes, that honor goes to Kristen Stewart who this year will have two monster hits with the current Snow White and the Huntsman which is now at almost $250 million total and the upcoming Breaking Dawn Part 2.  This 21-year-old made $34.5 million.  But all the women on the list still earn less than their male counterparts men by over $160 million dollars.  The top men earned #61 million compared to women earning $200 million.  And I'm guessing the dudes make most of their money from salaries on the films, and women complement their film salaries with endorsements which at times brings in more than the salary for a film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 20, 2012 3:14 PM
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Maleficent Starts Production

Here's the first image from the Angelina Jolie starring movie written by Linda Woolverton.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 19, 2012 12:16 PM
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Is Princess Culture Redeemable?

I am extremely ambivalent about the whole princess thing.  If I never saw another princess anywhere it would be too soon.  But I live in the real world and write about Hollywood and Hollywood is infused with princesses.  In fact,  we've got two big princess movies coming down the pike this year.  This week's Mirror, Mirror and this summer's Snow White and the Huntsman.  I will never forget when I heard Geena Davis talk about her research on girls and the media, and how the research showed the most girls believe they can be princesses because that is basically all that they see girls doing onscreen.  Of course we all know that princess is not a job description and while there are very few princesses in real life, they seem to dominate girls lives on film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 27, 2012 10:57 AM
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To The Academy: Consider the Women

It's that time of year, The Academy Awards, the "Super Bowl for Women." It's the night where we all get catty about whose dress doesn't work, who's got a new boyfriend or girlfriend, and who looks like they haven't eaten all month.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 23, 2012 10:54 AM
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