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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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Nikki Finke Gets the Last "Toldja" in Funny or Die video

A fake trailer for a suspense thriller stars Jean Smart as Nikki Finke, who is recast as a suburban mom and a brave journalist ("only one blogger has the courage to tell the truth"), while her former boss Jay Penske is the backstabbing Goliath seeking to shut her down ("sometimes the blogosphere can become... a terror dome").
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 3, 2013 11:02 AM
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Judi Dench Releases Funny or Die Video in Ongoing Philomena Ratings Battle (UPDATED)

Philomena co-star Steve Coogan has joined Judi Dench and Harvey Weinstein's fight for a PG-13 rating for their adoption drama. Two weeks before the film's release, Dench and Coogan have released a Funny or Die video in which the actors play M and a James Bond-wannabe.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 14, 2013 9:57 AM
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