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

Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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The Big O: Natalie Portman Swings the Hammer When it Comes to Her Post-Oscar Career

Natalie Portman is in the midst of a very important performance, one that could decide her future in the movie industry.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • November 8, 2013 3:00 PM
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Producers of Jane Got a Gun Sue Lynne Ramsay

The saga of Jane Got a Gun and Lynne Ramsay continues and its not pretty.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 7, 2013 1:00 PM
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Natalie Portman Gives Some Real Talk About Feminist Portrayals in Hollywood

Natalie Portman, in an interview for Elle UK, gave some surprisingly blunt real talk about what Hollywood considers feminist portrayals of female characters.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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Forbes Releases Hollywood's Highest Paid Actresses List

Forbes recently released their annual highest paid actress list. The list is unfortunately, unsurprisingly very white and very young. And several of the actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman weren't even in films in the last year when the list was calculated (June 2012-June 2013).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 1, 2013 3:44 PM
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Natalie Portman to Direct, Write and Star in A Tale of Love and Darkness

Natalie Portman just received a grant from the Jerusalem Film Fund to write, direct and star in an adaptation of Amos Oz's memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 24, 2013 11:33 AM
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Today's Disconnect - Do Actresses Have Clout or Not?

Last week when I was in LA I read the following two articles on the same day.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 11, 2013 1:30 PM
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Details Emerge on Lynne Ramsay's Exit

We've been talking a lot about Lynne Ramsay here at Women and Hollywood since her departure from Jane Got a Gun last week. Confirmed details are still scarce, but rumors and commentary have surrounded Ramsay's exit.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 27, 2013 10:00 AM
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More Lynne Ramsay News

As expected, the initial reports of the Lynne Ramsay departure from Jane Got a Gun were very sketchy. More details are coming out, among them the important detail that Ramsay did not just NOT show up for work, she had actually quit over the weekend when terms and budgets and schedules were not agreed to.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2013 12:36 PM
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Natalie Portman to Team Up with Lynne Ramsay for Western

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 23, 2012 10:57 AM
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