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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

Trailer Watch: First Spot for Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Her subject, Louis Zamperini, was a child of the globalizing 20th century.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 10, 2014 1:18 PM
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Angelina Jolie's Unbroken Gets Olympic Preview

Angelina Jolie's Christmas 2014 release "Unbroken" looks like it will be the highest-profile woman-directed picture since Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 17, 2014 1:25 PM
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Donna Langley Becomes Second Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood

A New York Times profile of Langley coincided with the announcement that her contract at NBCUniversal has been renewed until 2017.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 11:00 AM
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Women-Directed Films in 2014 Will Be Few and Far Between (Updated)

Movie-lovers interested in films by women directors won't have much reason to go to the mutliplex this year. In 2013, only three films from female filmmakers opened in wide release. 2014 looks to be a slight improvement, but not by much.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:21 PM
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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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Angelina Jolie's Unbroken Makes Moves

Angelina Jolie's second directorial feature Unbroken now has a release date and a star.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 12, 2013 11:32 AM
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Angelina Jolie to Direct Unbroken for Universal

Angelina Jolie is set to direct Unbroken, her first major studio film. The film is for Universal and Walden Media. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling 2010 book, Unbroken looks at the life of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and Air Force officer during WWII. Zamperini survived a plane crash during this period, and survived by floating on a raft for 47 days. He was later found by Japanese soldiers and spent time in a POW camp.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 20, 2012 9:39 AM
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