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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

When Does a Fluke Officially Become a Trend?

Will the success of Frozen and Catching Fire finally allow Hollywood to see women's films as a trend and not just another successful fluke?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 11, 2013 11:00 AM
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The Heat Opening Weekend Box Office in the UK

Paul Feig's follow-up to the gender-defying Bridesmaids was ushered into UK cinemas by supportive critics and very positive reviews. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy received universally high praise for their comedy turns in The Heat as FBI agent Ashburn and Boston cop Mullins.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • August 8, 2013 1:30 PM
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Hollywood's Glass Ceiling: Why Doesn't the Film Industry Trust Women?

It would be wonderful to say that in 2013 things were looking up for women in Hollywood -- both onscreen and behind the scenes -- but the sad news is that the numbers have remained consistently dismal for the last decade.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2013 6:15 AM
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  • 10 Comments

The Heat Packs The Heat at the Box Office

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 1, 2013 11:00 AM
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The Heat - Written by Katie Dippold

Yesterday, I wrote a piece that gave my argument about why you need to go and see The Heat this weekend. What I didn't share since I was embargoed was the fact that I really liked the movie and it made me laugh so hard, harder than I have done in a long, long time.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 28, 2013 10:07 AM
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  • 15 Comments

Why You Need To Go See The Heat This Weekend!

Remember two years ago when Bridesmaids came out and women went to the movies and Hollywood (except for every woman who worked there) was shocked! yes shocked! that women and men went to see a movie about a bunch of women talking about a bunch of women's things like weddings and boyfriends and shit like that?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 27, 2013 1:39 PM
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  • 15 Comments

Melissa McCarthy and the Definition of Success

This Sunday, The New York Times did a wonderful profile of Melissa McCarthy. She's been well on her way to superstardom since her breakout performance in Bridesmaids. McCarthy is currently co-directing and starring in Tammy, a film that she co-wrote with her husband/writing partner Ben Falcone.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 17, 2013 1:00 PM
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This is Not OK: Photoshopping Melissa McCarthy on The Heat UK Poster

Our most anticipated female centric movie of the summer, The Heat, is merely weeks away from its release. A U.K. promo image was unveiled for the film last week and Melissa McCarthy was looking very, very different.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 11, 2013 10:39 AM
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Katie Dippold Signs 7-Figure Deal With Chernin Entertainment

Katie Dippold's writing future just got a little brighter. Her film The Heat, directed by Bridemaids' Paul Feig and starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy hasn't even hit theaters yet, the confidence that both Chernin Entertainment and Fox have in the film -- specifically moving the film smack dab into blockbuster season-- have made Dippold a hot commodity.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 8, 2013 12:00 PM
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Melissa McCarthy to be CinemaCon's 2013 Female Star of the Year

The very funny Melissa McCarthy will be receiving CinemaCon's 2013 Female Star of the Year award. Previous winners have included Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Heigl, Anne Hathaway and Rachel McAdams.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 1, 2013 11:30 AM
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