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

Brave Scores $66 Million Opening Weekend

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2012 11:15 AM
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Rooney Mara to Cover EW

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hasn't opened at the level that Sony would have liked,  just $27 million in 6 days of release, (see Thompson on Hollywood analysis of what went wrong) but it goes without saying that the character of Lisbeth Salander has gotten people talking.  So much so that Entertainment Weekly has put Rooney Mara on its cover which will hit newstands tomorrow.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 29, 2011 3:06 PM
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 20, 2011 10:32 AM
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Sony's Woman Problem

I for one am psyched to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (which I will be seeing later today.) But not all women are excited according to a piece last week in Vulture.  Sony seems to be nervous that the film is not tracking well among women, which is one of the reasons why they are opening it up a day early because they need to build word of mouth.  And remember that this is an R rated movies so the young teenage boys are not the target
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 19, 2011 12:30 PM
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AFI Picks Top TV Shows and Films of the Year

This list reminds me that even though they have been upteen articles about how women are making great strides, there is still such a long way to go, because as I look at the lists I notice that there are very few female directors and creators.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 12, 2011 10:29 AM
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Another Interesting Teaser for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 8, 2011 10:41 AM
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Long Trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Prepare yourselves.  It is almost here.  This wil hopefully hold you for a little while.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 2, 2011 10:32 AM
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New Commercial for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

This is the commercial I saw on Sunday night during The Good Wife. This one heavily focuses on Lisbeth. Tell me you aren't excited to see this.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 15, 2011 9:22 AM
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Quoted in the NY Post Regarding Lisbeth Salander

The Lisbeth Salander roll out continues now with a new clothing line from H&M. Hopefully you don't have to be waif-like to fit into them.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 2, 2011 1:54 AM
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New Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Poster

These keep getting more interesting. If you are interested keep watch on this site: Mouth-Taped-Shut, it keeps rolling out new marketing elements for the film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 25, 2011 2:06 AM
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