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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Aline Brosh McKenna to Write Live Action Cruella de Vil Film

Cruella de Vil is the latest Disney bad girl to get the live action treatment. Maleficent with Angelina Jolie playing the Sleeping Beauty villain already has finished filming and will be released in 2014.
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  • October 2, 2013 11:00 AM
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Glenn Close to Join Guardians of the Galaxy

The amazing Glenn Close is about to join Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy as head of the Nova Cops--a space police force.
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  • May 30, 2013 12:37 PM
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Approaching Peak Vagina: Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler Score Rare Female Double Emmy Writing Nominations

The Emmy nominations were released yesterday.  There is a lot of good news to recognize most especially the fact that two women -- Lean Dunham and Amy Poehler -- were nominated for their comedy writing.  According to Nellie at Deadline having two women nominated for comedy writing is a big and not very frequent deal.  The last time it happened was a decade ago. 
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  • July 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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Great Interview With Glenn Close

A really great homage to her whole career on the eve of the Oscar nominations. She willed Albert Nobbs into existence. She is the star, the producer, the co-writer and she also write the lyrics to the song. Pretty impressive.
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  • January 23, 2012 9:45 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Winners

"The Artist" was selected for best film and best director.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 11, 2012 9:42 AM
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Women's Film Critics Circle Award Winners

I love the diversity of categories.  But where is the best woman director? UPDATE- the best womena director is the director of the best movie by women.  I think we name the women because people need to know their names in the same way that guys names are known.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 21, 2011 10:30 AM
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The Golden Globe Nominations: The Women

I like the Golden Globe show cause it's always goofy.  People drink, say funny stuff and you get TV and film people in one place.  People who are awards watchers don't take it too seriously because they have two different film categories -- comedy and drama -- which no other awards do.  The also kiss a lot of celebrity butt in order to have a star ladened show rather than a serious awards show.  So you must not take anything these people do too seriously.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 16, 2011 9:49 AM
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The Help and Bridesmaids Score Screen Actors Guild Nominations

Yesterday, the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced. Both The Help and Bridesmaids scored best ensembles nominations (which is their top award) which could be an indicator of potential Oscar love because the actors (a percentage of the SAG members pick these nominees) are the largest voting branch in the Academy. The Help actually scored the most nominations with four including both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain in the supporting category.
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  • December 15, 2011 9:29 AM
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Talking Oscars and Feminism with Scott Feinberg of the Hollywood Reporter

Check out this audio interview I did with Scott Feinberg - Oscar analyst at the Hollywood Reporter. We talked about the Oscar race with a feminist slant. I really enjoyed the conversation.
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  • December 9, 2011 11:56 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable

Here is a look at some of the women we will be talking about for the next several months. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 10, 2011 9:47 AM
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