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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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Maleficent Grosses $600 Million Worldwide, Becomes Fourth Highest-Earning Film of the Year So Far

The revisionist fairy tale is also the highest-grossing film of Angelina Jolie's career.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 3, 2014 12:00 PM
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Why Maleficent is the Rape Revenge Film That We Need

In praise of the audacity of "Maleficent."
  • By Robyn Bahr
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  • June 24, 2014 2:38 PM
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Lauren Faust to Direct Animated Comedy About Medusa

It looks like Maleficent has paved the way for Medusa.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 6, 2014 1:30 PM
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Maleficent Soars to the Top of the Box Office with $170 Mil in Global Ticket Sales

To the surprise of no one (except maybe studio execs), female audiences made the Angelina Jolie vehicle a hit.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 2, 2014 10:57 AM
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Maleficent Writer Linda Woolverton on Adapting Fairy Tales for a New Generation

The woman whose films have made well over a billion dollars discusses how she was able to keep the integrity of Maleficent's villainy while also making sure we still rooted for her.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • May 30, 2014 11:34 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Final Trailer for Maleficent

"Maleficent" opens May 30: "Prepare to discover what could make a good fairy go bad."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 9, 2014 5:00 PM
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Angelina Jolie and Linda Woolverton Talk Maleficent in New Featurette

The May 30 release will be part-prequel, part-alternate POV.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 21, 2014 12:00 PM
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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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Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie Sprouts Wings in New Maleficent Spot

There's also a fun little moment when Maleficent carelessly flicks her tiny rival fairies away.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 19, 2014 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie in New Maleficent Spot

"There is evil in this world. Hatred. Revenge," Maleficent declares in the new Maleficent trailer. Then she giggles -- not girlishly or coquettishly, but with ironic bemusement, like a boss.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 27, 2014 10:43 AM
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