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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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Jodie Foster to Direct George Clooney in Thriller Called Money Monster

Clooney will play the host of a finance show taken hostage by a man who loses his life savings after following the TV personality's advice.
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  • July 28, 2014 1:45 PM
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In Praise of "Go Fuck Y'Self" Women: Lori Petty in Orange is the New Black

Petty's brand of androgynous punk heroism has been long missed.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • June 4, 2014 12:08 PM
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A List of the Women-Directed and Women-Centric Films Looking for Deals in Cannes

Among them are films by directors Susanne Bier, Jodie Foster, Haifaa Al-Mansour, and Natalie Portman.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 16, 2014 2:00 PM
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Jodie Foster's Elysium Role Was Originally Written for a Man

n Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium, Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is a Secretary of Defense for Elysium, a satellite hovering above Earth where the wealthy live. Below, on Earth, everyone else isn't as lucky.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 31, 2013 11:21 AM
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Cross Post: The Brave One

Hard as it may be to believe, I won’t remember the 70th annual Golden Globes Awards for my beloved Tina Fey. Or Amy Poehler. Or Sofia Vergara’s golden globes. I mean, sure, they were all spectacular. And Tina and Amy should host everything ever always. Period. Full stop. But what I will remember and still can’t stop thinking about is the amazing acceptance speech and coming out of Jodie Foster. It was extraordinary on so many levels, none the least of which being that I never, ever, not in a million years thought it would happen.
  • By Dorothy Snarker
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  • January 15, 2013 1:03 PM
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Jodie Foster to Direct 'Money Monster'

As we previously reported, Jodie Foster will be directing and executive producing, Angie’s Body, a new series for Showtime. According to The Playlist reports that Foster has also recently signed on to direct the feature, Money Monster, a financial drama.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 15, 2012 12:59 PM
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Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Jodie Foster Take On New Directing Projects

Two new exciting female directed projects were announced yesterday.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 14, 2012 3:28 PM
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