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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

How Melissa McCarthy Became a Box-Office Powerhouse

And a writer, producer, and director to boot.
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  • June 30, 2014 11:18 AM
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How the Demise of the Romantic Comedy Will Affect Women

Some reasons behind the death of a genre.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2014 11:15 AM
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  • 6 Comments

Media Alert: Op-ed in Washington Post

In case you haven't seen my tweets and Facebook posts from the weekend, I had an op-ed piece in the Washington Post yesterday.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2012 8:30 AM
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Brave Scores $66 Million Opening Weekend

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2012 11:15 AM
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Quote of the Day: "Why? Why? Why? Don't they want the money?

That is the quote Meryl Streep uttered Tuesday night at the annual Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.  She was onstage to present Viola Davis with her Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 14, 2012 10:45 AM
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Oscar Thoughts: Boys, Boys and More Boys

Here's my thing about the Oscars. There were women everywhere. We can't stop talking about the great dresses. Women were also there as great presenters (like the crew from Bridesmaids and Emma Stone) YET at the same time it felt like there were no women there. Because really, hardly any women won anything significant on Sunday night.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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  • 21 Comments

Lame Idea of the Day - Making a Bridesmaids Sequel Without the Lead Bridesmaid

The Hollywood Reporter released a story yesterday saying that Universal was planning on moving ahead with a Bridemaids sequel but that star/co-writer Kristen Wiig as well as co-writer Annie Mumolo are not interested in being a part of it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 5, 2012 12:30 PM
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The Year That Was

Happy new year everyone. Thanks so much for the great support over the last year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 3, 2012 9:27 AM
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Judd Apatow on Funny Women and Flukes

Judd Apatow now knows that making a great movie targeted at women is a way to make money.  You get the women and you get the men.  Even though he looks prescient, he admits that he was making a movie targeted at women.  But you gotta give him some credit because his whole point was that if you make a GOOD movie men and women will come.  He just got them to walk through the women's door first which most people are afraid of.  Now if only we could get the rest of Hollywood to understand this too.  I'm not saying that Hollywood shouldn't make The Hangover, I'm saying they should figure out how to make The Hangover and Bridesmaids (or variations of comedies that star men, and comedies that star women.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 21, 2011 11:56 AM
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The Help and Bridesmaids Score Screen Actors Guild Nominations

Yesterday, the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced. Both The Help and Bridesmaids scored best ensembles nominations (which is their top award) which could be an indicator of potential Oscar love because the actors (a percentage of the SAG members pick these nominees) are the largest voting branch in the Academy. The Help actually scored the most nominations with four including both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain in the supporting category.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 15, 2011 9:29 AM
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