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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

Divergent Third Novel to be Split into Two Movies

Get ready for "Divergent" domination.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 14, 2014 1:00 PM
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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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Divergent Leaps to the Top of the Box Office; Sequel Planned

Critics may not have liked Divergent, but audiences sure did.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 24, 2014 10:42 AM
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Manohla Dargis Hits It on the Head (Again) With Her Review of Divergent

Women are not a niche and can be leads of all kinds of movies -- big and small.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 23, 2014 8:58 AM
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  • 5 Comments

Will Divergent be the Next YA Phenom?

Advance ticket sales suggest probably.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 21, 2014 1:06 PM
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  • 2 Comments

Why Shailene Woodley is Wrong to Blast Twilight

There'd be no "Divergent" without "Twilight."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 14, 2014 10:00 AM
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  • 55 Comments

Trailer Watch: Divergent Finally Looks Amazing

The marketing team behind Divergent released a fantastic new trailer yesterday that should finally pique audiences.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 5, 2014 11:17 AM
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Directing the Future Panelists Are Beating the Odds

According to an oft-cited statistic, women comprise only 9% of directors in the film industry. But the participants of the "Directing the Future" panel at Pepperdine University School of Law's Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System symposium haven't let those numbers stop them.
  • By Lauren C. Byrd
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  • November 19, 2013 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Divergent

Teenage girls of the future continue to get the raw deal in Divergent, the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling YA trilogy.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 13, 2013 5:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Divergent - Starring Shailene Woodley

The first trailer for Divergent, based on the first novel in Veronica Roth's trilogy, was released last week.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 4, 2013 10:00 AM
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