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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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Top Designers Refused to Make Melissa McCarthy's Oscar Dress

"Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers -- very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people -- and they all said no."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 73 Comments

Let's Not Put an Obit on Melissa McCarthy's Career Post-'Tammy'

Why is the entertainment press so quick to write off this singular star?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 4 Comments

July 2014 Film Preview

July is all about "Tammy" and "Lucy" and "Gabrielle."
  • By Kelcie Mattson and Alice Thorpe
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  • July 2, 2014 11:26 AM
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  • 0 Comments

How Melissa McCarthy Became a Box-Office Powerhouse

And a writer, producer, and director to boot.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 30, 2014 11:18 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy Is a Fugitive From Justice in Tammy

Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, and Kathy Bates co-star.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 7, 2014 2:51 PM
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Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy in Tammy Teaser

It's actually a perfect short film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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  • 16 Comments

Melissa McCarthy's Tammy to Take on 2014 Independence Day Box Office

As we anxiously countdown the days until The Heat is released on June 28th, we are always excited to hear any news about the lovely Melissa McCarthy. As we had previously reported, McCarthy was making her directorial debut with Tammy, a film that she co-wrote alongside her writing partner/husband Ben Falcone, who will be co-directing as well.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 3, 2013 12:30 PM
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  • 0 Comments

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