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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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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.
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  • August 16, 2012 9:42 AM
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Happy 100th Birthday Universal Pictures

I get a ton of press releases.  Most of them I don't even read.  This week I got a release about the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures that was made up of 100 fun facts. Not too many of the facts included women so I asked the press folks to give me some important facts regarding Universal Pictures and women, especially women directors.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 3, 2012 11:36 AM
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Happy International Women's Day: Women in Film and TV (UK) Releases 2012 Power List

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 8, 2012 12:22 PM
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Behind the Scenes: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher Arrives at 10 Downing Street

It's kind of cool to hear about the creation of this scene. As Meryl Streep says: " Margaret Thatcher really did break ground because she showed a woman could be a leader." The film opens in the UK today and will roll out further here in the US next week.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 6, 2012 10:43 AM
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Interview with Phyllida Lloyd - director of The Iron Lady

Women and Hollywood: This is a very different biopic of a leader because it is of a female leader.  What about this films makes it different in terms of leadership?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 30, 2011 10:20 AM
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Hollywood Reporter Acknowledges That The Industry is Sexist

The Hollywood Reporter in the wake of their complete dismissal of women in both its writer and director roundtables has done a 360 and put together a whole cover on the lack of women directors and other women in power in the business.  While the package is interesting (while not saying anything we didn't already know), I just wish that this didn't seem like such a fix up for their earlier ridiculousness.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 13, 2011 11:02 AM
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Watch the Q and A With Meryl Streep and Phyllida Lloyd

You make have to wait another couple of weeks to see the film but now you can watch the Q and A conducted by The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg on Tuesday night at the DGA theatre in NYC. Enjoy!
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 8, 2011 4:57 PM
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New Trailer for The Iron Lady

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 8, 2011 9:09 AM
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Women Directed Movies in 2011

Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter roundtable on directors made me crazy, but it also made me think.  While I will give them no leeway on the ridiculous comment asking the directors to name a major movie directed by a woman this past year, I thought it would be good to look at ALL the movies directed by women this year in order to get a decent assessment of where we are going on two years after Kathryn Bigelow won the best director award.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 18, 2011 10:49 AM
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Meryl Streep: Political Biopic of an "Old Lady" Will be a Hard Sell at the Box Office

Evening Standard writer Liz Hoggard reports about a dinner she was invited to at the home of The Iron Lady director Phyllida Lloyd to talk about film with several other female writers along with Meryl Streep and screenwriter, Abi Morgan. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 16, 2011 10:45 AM
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