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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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Kristen Stewart as a Way More Interesting Snow White

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2011 2:37 AM
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Snow White Hits Comic Con

Hollywood descended on San Diego this weekend for the annual geek fest known as Comic Con. This is where the big tent pole films and high profile kicks ass TV shows come to make sure all the TV watching and film going geeks know about their shows and films. It's always been a boy fest until Twilight and the girls did return for the Breaking Dawn panel.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 22, 2011 2:50 AM
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The Bridesmaids Effect: Kristen Wiig Gets the Green Light for Imogene

Multiple sources are reporting that Bridesmaids star Kristin Wiig will next take on the dark comedy Imogene written by Michelle Morgan and to be directed by American Splendor directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini. The film will be produced by Alix Madigan of Anonymous Content (she was one of the producers on Winter's Bone) and Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler who launch their new company Maven Pictures with this film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 13, 2011 2:00 AM
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Two Women Get Directing Gigs - Drew Barrymore and Jerusha Hess

Drew Barrymore and Jerusha Hess (the co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite) have both signed up for directing gigs. Barrymore will produce and direct Heist Society to be adapted by Shauna Cross (Whip It). The film will be produced Denise DiNovi, Alison Greenspan and will be released by Warner Brothers. It is based on the novel by Ally Carter. Barrymore will direct this film after she directs How To Be Single.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 7, 2011 2:34 AM
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Mosquita y Mari and My Reincarnation Enter the Kickstarter Hall of Fame

Here's some good news for women filmmakers.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 2, 2011 3:30 AM
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Bridesmaids is a Big Fat Hit!

Women took up the mantle and went to see the film. The gross was about $24.5 (UPDATE - $26.2) million about $10 million more than predicted. I don't know who does the predicting on these types of films but they missed the boat on this one big time. I know they wanted to keep expectations down because the mantra was (and seems always is with a film about women) that this is unprecedented and there is nothing to compare it to. I'd like to now retire these delusional thoughts. Women have starred in successful franchises, action movies and comedies. Maybe we just need to start keeping our own statistics to help people out. (Who wants to work with me on this project?)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 16, 2011 3:17 AM
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Saoirse Ronan Scores Title Role in The Host

This young woman is so hot. She seems to be at the top of the list for the youth set. She can do action - Hanna; she can do drama - Atonement. She can do everything and anything. She just signed to star in Stephenie Meyer's The Host which will be on sale next week at Cannes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 5, 2011 3:05 AM
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Bridesmaids Has Not Even Opened and It's Already Being Copied

It's a day of good news/bad news stories. Bridesmaids which doesn't even open until next week is already being copied. Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan have signed up to star in Bachelorette which is looking to shoot this summer. It's good that people are thinking that Bridesmaids will do well and they are looking to build on it. It's even better that the film will be directed by a woman -- Leslye Headland -- who is making her debut directing a film that was based on her play.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 3, 2011 2:45 AM
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Sequels and Hollywood - Hardly Any Women Centric Titles

The site Den of Geek put together a list of all the sequels in the works in Hollywood. There are 95 on the list. Many will never happen. Many will.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 2, 2011 1:33 AM
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Rashida Jones Writes Film So She Can Have Decent Role

Women directors have long been writing their own material in order to give them opportunities to direct. Now women actors are taking up the pen in order to get themselves decent roles onscreen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 24, 2011 2:04 AM
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