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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

Blockbusters with Young Action Heroines Mean Pink Weapons for Girls

The New York Times credits the success of films like "The Hunger Games," "Brave," and "Divergent" for increasing the popularity of toy guns and archery kits in every shade of pink and purple.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 24, 2014 1:30 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Will Be Top Grossing Movie of 2013, Frozen Surges to #4

Variety predicts that "Catching Fire," which has thus far grossed $407.5 million domestically, will soon overtake Iron Man 3 as 2013's top-earning movie later this week.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Inkoo Kang
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  • January 6, 2014 11:54 AM
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  • 8 Comments

The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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When Does a Fluke Officially Become a Trend?

Will the success of Frozen and Catching Fire finally allow Hollywood to see women's films as a trend and not just another successful fluke?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 11, 2013 11:00 AM
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Why Big Weekend For Frozen And Catching Fire Is A Great Thing For Women In Hollywood

This past weekend was a record breaker at the box office for films starring female characters.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 3, 2013 10:00 AM
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Teen Heroines Kick Box-Office Ass During Holiday Weekend

Move along, Black Friday. Thanksgiving weekend belonged to Katniss Everdeen and Frozen's Anna, who helped propel female heroines to the top of the box office. Not only did The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen land on everyone's must-see list, but they shattered plenty of records along the way.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 2, 2013 10:32 AM
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Hunger Games Producer Nina Jacobson on Creating a Female-Centric Blockbuster

This weekend, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' became the highest-grossing November release ever with a box-office take of $161 million. Though star Jennifer Lawrence has been the face of 'Catching Fire', the blockbuster feminist franchise is the brainchild of an even more powerful woman working behind the scenes: producer Nina Jacobson.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 25, 2013 1:00 PM
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  • 4 Comments

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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