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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

Six Reasons to See Tammy This Weekend

McCarthy is pushing the envelope for funny women everywhere.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2014 12:53 PM
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  • 3 Comments

Chelsea Handler to Take Over Netflix with Talk Show, Stand-Up Special, and Four Docu-Comedies

The specials will begin airing this fall and the talk show in 2016.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 19, 2014 3:45 PM
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Comedy Central Renews Inside Amy Schumer, Greenlights Two More Female-Led Comedies

The teams of Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome ("Another Period") and Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell ("Idiotsitter") will join Schumer and the Broad City gals in making Comedy Central the best new place to find female comedy.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 10, 2014 2:28 PM
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Susanna Fogel's Female-Friendship Comedy Life Partners Finds Distribution

Magnolia picked up the film starring Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 20, 2014 10:20 AM
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Louis CK's "So Did the Fat Lady" Is Not The Last - Or The First - Word On Fat Women On TV

Larger women have been demonstrating on TV, on their own terms, what their experiences are long before the current King of Comedy tackled the subject.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • May 14, 2014 10:08 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Rebel Wilson to Star in Remake of Private Benjamin

Originally developed as a starring vehicle for Anna Faris, New Line's Update of Private Benjamin will feature Wilson. Goldie Hawn's portrayal in the original earned her an Oscar nomination, and the film was a huge commercial success.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 9, 2014 11:08 AM
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5 Reasons to Watch Broad City

1. It's effing hilarious
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 21, 2014 5:00 PM
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  • 2 Comments

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

TV: 5 Reasons to Watch HBO's Just Renewed Getting On

The characters get to be people first and women second.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy in Tammy Teaser

It's actually a perfect short film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

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