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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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How the Demise of the Romantic Comedy Will Affect Women

Some reasons behind the death of a genre.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2014 11:15 AM
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Guest Interview: Meg Wolitzer - Author of The Interestings

Novelist Meg Wolitzer talks with Holly Rosen Fink about the success of her latest novel, The Interestings (Riverhead Books, 2013), inspiration, sexism in the literary world, working with Nora Ephron, as well as her mother, novelist, Hilma Wolizter, and her experiences in film and television that spawned the film version of This Is Your Life.
  • By Holly Rosen Fink
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  • October 10, 2013 10:00 AM
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Meera Menon Receives Inaugural Nora Ephron Prize

As we previously reported, this year's Tribeca Film Festival established a new award in honor of the late, great Nora Ephron that would be given to a new emerging female filmmaker.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 25, 2013 5:33 PM
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Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca Film Festival

In honor of the late, great Nora Ephron, the Tribeca Film Festival has created a new award after the writer/director, The Nora Ephron Prize. The $25,000 prize supported by Vogue.com will recognize a female writer or director who embodies Ephron's spirit.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 18, 2013 10:00 AM
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Nora Ephron Documentary Being Developed at HBO

Close to a year after beloved screenwriter/director Nora Ephron died due to complications from leukemia comes the news that HBO will be developing a documentary about Ephron's life.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 9, 2013 11:00 AM
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WGA Awards to Hold Tribute to Nora Ephron

On Sunday, February 17, the Writer’s Guild of America, East will hold their annual awards ceremony. They’ve just announced that included in the ceremony will be a tribute to Nora Ephron, the beloved writer and director who died last June after a battle with leukemia.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 15, 2013 12:30 PM
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The Summers of Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep can’t do much wrong in our book. Her newest film, Hope Springs, opened this past weekend on over 2,000 screens. A film that cost $30 million to make has now made over $20 million since its release. And it has garnered rave reviews for both Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 16, 2012 9:42 AM
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The 40 Women Who Changed Journalism

And the world over the last forty years.  From the good folks at the Columbia Journalism Review.  We owe our thanks to these trialblazers.  Are there others you would have on this list?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 17, 2012 9:17 AM
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Remembering Nora Ephron: Talking About Women Directors

This is from an interview circa 1988 that Hollywood Reporter journalist Tim Appelo did for Savvy Magazine about the troubles Nora Ephron had in trying to get the film Cookie made.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 16, 2012 10:40 AM
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Cross-Post: Oscar Flashback - Nora Ephron

“It is true that you are wiser when you are older. That is true. The wisdom arrives at the same moment your mind is a blank. It’s a very ironic confluence of things. It’s kind of a wash.”
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • July 2, 2012 9:50 AM
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