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

Examining the "Woman Anxiety" Problem in The Exorcist

William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973) has been a horror classic for the past 40 years, often referred to as one of the scariest films of all time, and an Oscar winner to boot.
  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 31, 2013 12:30 PM
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Quote of the Day: Jennifer Lawrence to Hollywood's Diet Police "Go F*** Yourself"

In the upcoming November issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, Jennifer Lawrence speaks about the time she was labeled as "fat" by producers and told that if she didn't lose weight, she'd be risking her career.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 3, 2013 1:11 PM
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Guest Post: The Women of Comic Con: How the Internet Killed the Studio Star

During the lead up to this year's Comic Con International, a Networked Insights analysis of social media conversation showed that 54% of people talking about the conference were women. So when I arrived on Thursday morning I wasn't surprised to see that women were everywhere as fans, experts, press, and industry.
  • By Holly Derr
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  • July 24, 2013 3:15 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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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Busy Philipps Gives Some Real Talk on Body Image

The always hilarious Busy Philipps, star of Cougartown, recently sat down on Amanda de Cadenet for her show The Conversation. The two had a frank talk about breastfeeding, waxing, being asked to lose weight for a part and body image issues.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 4, 2013 1:30 PM
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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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Guest Post: A Response to "This Woman is Too Fat for Hollywood?"

Recently Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood wrote a blog entitled "This Woman is Too Fat For Hollywood?" Consider this a response to the aforementioned article.
  • By Liz Manashil
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  • January 8, 2013 10:50 AM
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Guest Post: Until the Fat Girl Swims

Many filmmakers talk about how their vocation is a "labor of love." For most of us, the "labor" can frequently exceed the "love." However, when we release our films out into the world it gives us pride to inspire, touch, and even occasionally enrage our audiences. That, in addition to a not-too-paltry check when it is sold or licensed, makes the sacrifices worth it.
  • By Faith Pennick
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  • July 26, 2012 3:45 PM
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