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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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Bridesmaids Box Office Stays Strong

Just a little bit of news on the box office for Bridesmaids. Variety has reported that it beat Thor at the box office on Monday and Tuesday. As of yesterday, the gross was over $32 million which means it has made back its production cost in the first week.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 19, 2011 2:20 AM
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Bridesmaids is a Big Fat Hit!

Women took up the mantle and went to see the film. The gross was about $24.5 (UPDATE - $26.2) million about $10 million more than predicted. I don't know who does the predicting on these types of films but they missed the boat on this one big time. I know they wanted to keep expectations down because the mantra was (and seems always is with a film about women) that this is unprecedented and there is nothing to compare it to. I'd like to now retire these delusional thoughts. Women have starred in successful franchises, action movies and comedies. Maybe we just need to start keeping our own statistics to help people out. (Who wants to work with me on this project?)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 16, 2011 3:17 AM
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Save the Future for Women in Comedy - See Bridesmaids

How did we get to a place in 2011 where the female Hollywood comedian is on the endangered species list? My god we have three female Supreme Court justices, we've had three female secretaries of state, we have several just as crazy as the dudes women in the running for the Republican nomination for the presidency, YET for some reason funny women in Hollywood films are on a missing poster.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 13, 2011 4:00 AM
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In Praise of Melissa McCarthy

I finally saw Bridesmaids last night. LOVED IT. Will have a longer piece later this week, but I wanted to single out Melissa McCarthy for a gush of love immediately. She almost stole the movie from Kristen Wiig. Almost, but not quite. I was so impressed with how they handled the different characters, allowing her to shine in her moments while keeping the story focus on Wiig's character Annie.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 10, 2011 4:15 AM
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Why Bridesmaids Matters

This feels like another cultural watershed moment for women on screen. A big studio comedy that is about women. We all know the difficulties women in comedy have faced. Gone are the days of Goldie Hawn and Madeline Kahn and Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. Women who were allowed to be stars and allowed to be funny in movies.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2011 3:59 AM
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Trailer Alert: Bridesmaids (The Dirty Version)

2 more weeks until Bridesmaids. I'm going to see it next week and I am psyched. This has potential cross over for male and female audiences. Here's what Russ Fischer said on /Film: "This movie is great. It’s my favorite comedy of the year without any competition at all."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 27, 2011 1:22 AM
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New Bridesmaids Trailer

This looks even better than the first one.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 16, 2011 12:40 PM
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More Good News on Bridesmaids

This film is shaping up to be the one of the movies I am most looking forward to seeing this year. Now I know that it is a movie about a wedding, and I have said that I would be perfectly fine with my life never seeing another wedding movie EVER, but this report from Jen Yamato at Cinematical/Moviefone has pretty much sealed the deal for me. And, I watched the trailer again and laughed again.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 3, 2011 3:42 AM
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