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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

Catching Fire Does Super Hero Numbers and Becomes Highest Opening Weekend Starring a Female Lead

It's been a big fall for movies starring women at the box office. Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence has seized the mantle and with an opening weekend gross of $161 million and has broken all November box office records.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Latest Forbes Piece: A Female Revolution at the Box Office

Now, just in time for Thanksgiving there are multiple films with female leads that people all across the country will be able to enjoy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 24, 2013 3:50 PM
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Final Trailer for Hunger Games Catching Fire

Check out the final video for Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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Gravity Has Biggest October Opening in History

Gravity hit big at the box office over the weekend, grossing much more than was predicted for Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi epic starring Sandra Bullock.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 7, 2013 1:00 PM
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My First Forbes Piece: Gravity - A Step Forward for Women Onscreen

I believe that it is important to talk about the issues related to women and Hollywood to as wide as audience as possible. That's the only way we will make progress.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 7, 2013 10:30 AM
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Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said Dominates the Specialty Box Office

Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, open in limited release this past weekend to critical praise. That praise paid off because Holofcener's latest dominated the specialty box office.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 23, 2013 1:00 PM
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Summer's Final Thoughts: Wonder Woman, Strong Women, Indie Women and All the Women in Between

This summer will be remembered for, among other things, the fact that male superheroes and male non superheroes were practically all the we saw onscreen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 23, 2013 2:30 PM
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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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Huff Post Live: Where Did the Women Go

I participated in a Huff Post Live conversation yesterday with some great folks including producer Lynda Obst about the lack of women on screen this summer. Check out our conversation.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 26, 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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