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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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Women and Hollywood

Catching Fire Does Super Hero Numbers and Becomes Highest Opening Weekend Starring a Female Lead

It's been a big fall for movies starring women at the box office. Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence has seized the mantle and with an opening weekend gross of $161 million and has broken all November box office records.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Gravity Has Biggest October Opening in History

Gravity hit big at the box office over the weekend, grossing much more than was predicted for Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi epic starring Sandra Bullock.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 7, 2013 1:00 PM
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My First Forbes Piece: Gravity - A Step Forward for Women Onscreen

I believe that it is important to talk about the issues related to women and Hollywood to as wide as audience as possible. That's the only way we will make progress.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 7, 2013 10:30 AM
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The Big O: How Sandra Bullock Found Her Own Sense of Gravity

As Sandra Bullock embarks on her spellbinding one-woman space odyssey in Alfonso Cuaron's stunning 3-D thriller Gravity at theaters this weekend, let us consider her extraordinary trajectory right here on Earth.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Gravity - Starring Sandra Bullock

As we previously reported, Alfonso Cuaron got flack from having a female lead in the upcoming Gravity. However with the great reviews of the film coming out of Venice and TIFF, it looks like those ridiculous complaints have all been squashed.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2013 1:45 PM
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Alfonso Cuaron Defends Having Female Lead in Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year and has been receiving major buzz since the release of its teaser trailer in May. But getting this potential Oscar vehicle made even with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was not easy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 24, 2013 2:00 PM
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