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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Cross Post: My Two Favorite Golden Globe Winners: JLaw & Anne Get it Right on Body Image

As a complete movie nerd, I dragged my reluctant friends and family to my tiny local movie theater quite a few times over this past winter break. There have been just too many great movies to choose from lately, which left me feeling like a little kid in a cinematic candy shop. Lincoln and Les Miserables dazzled me with the strength of the actors' legendary performances. Life of Pi and The Hobbit amazed me with rich storytelling and eye-popping CGI. Silver Linings Playbook, hands down, my absolute favorite movie of the year, left me with a “great-movie high,” as I have recently dubbed the feeling.
  • By Rachel Pratl
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  • February 18, 2013 11:30 AM
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Jennifer Lawrence Calls Acting Stupid, Stares at Meryl Streep, Remains Insanely Likeable

Another day, another reason to want to be best friends with Jennifer Lawrence. With Oscar nominations looming on January 10th, Lawrence, who is a nomination shoo-in for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, recently deemed acting “stupid” in her upcoming Vanity Fair cover story.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 4, 2013 10:00 AM
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