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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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New Trailer for Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

Disney has released a new trailer for Frozen, co-directed by Jennifer Lee.
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  • October 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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Ridiculous Comment of the Day: "It's Harder to Animate Female Characters"

Earlier this week, MovieViral.com ran an article about the 50 Things You May Not Know About Frozen, the upcoming Jennifer Lee co-directed Disney animated feature based on The Snow Queen.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2013 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee, co-director of the upcoming Frozen, is only the second woman in Disney history to direct a Disney animated feature.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 3, 2013 10:00 AM
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Aline Brosh McKenna to Write Live Action Cruella de Vil Film

Cruella de Vil is the latest Disney bad girl to get the live action treatment. Maleficent with Angelina Jolie playing the Sleeping Beauty villain already has finished filming and will be released in 2014.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 11:00 AM
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Disney Fans Makeover Newest Disney Princess

After the unveiling of images of Disney's latest lead, Elsa the Snow Queen in the upcoming Frozen, fans decided to make her over. Elsa, per Disney's usual whitewashing (other lead character Anna is also very white), falls in line with their usual fair skinnned, light hair, blue eyes and a glamorous but impractical gown.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 8, 2013 2:30 PM
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Teaser Trailer: Frozen - Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

Disney's latest, Frozen, is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film follows Anna (Kristen Bell) who teams up with a mountain man (Jonathan Groff) to find her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) who has disappeared after accidentally cursing their kingdom into eternal winter.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 20, 2013 10:00 AM
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Jon Stewart Takes on the Merida Makeover: The Princess and the PR

Love this. Jon Stewart kicked the shit out of Disney for their Merida makeover.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2013 4:02 PM
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Cross Post: Reel Girl's Gallery of Girls Gone Missing From Children's Movies in 2013

In 2012, I waited until the last possible minute. It wasn’t until December that I posted Reel Girl’s Gallery of Girls Gone Missing from Children’s Movies in 2012. Even though in the age of the internet, the facts were impossible to miss, I kept hoping that, somehow, I’d overlooked something.
  • By Margot Magowan
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  • January 29, 2013 11:00 AM
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Jennifer Lee Named Director of Disney's Frozen

Last week, Disney announced that Jennifer Lee, writer of the hit Wreck-It Ralph, will be co-directing their 53rd full length animated feature film, Frozen.  Lee will become the 2nd woman to helm a Disney film, but the first from Disney proper (as far as we can tell).  Brenda Chapman who co-directed Brave was the first and she was fired by the studio a year before the film came out.  And we should remember that Chapman was employed by Pixar, which is owned by Disney.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 3, 2012 10:28 AM
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The Disney Princesses Welcome a New Sister - Princess Leia

Start your day off with a little levity. We're all going to need it. It's kind of funny that Princess Leia our first example of a kick ass competent woman in sci-fi has joined the family of Disney princesses.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 6, 2012 9:01 AM
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