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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman Developing Lesbian Sitcom for NBC

Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman will be developing a lesbian sitcom for NBC.
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  • October 29, 2013 12:00 PM
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Questions of Queer Identity, Coming of Age and Loss of Self in Blue is the Warmest Color

There's no doubt when Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color hits theaters today it will cause controversy. The movie has already experienced both the praise and backlash of both critics and its own director and lead actresses.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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Batwoman Writers Quit After DC Won't Approve Lesbian Wedding

Even though Batwoman has proposed to long-time partner Maggie Sawyer twice, DC refused to allow the pair to finally marry in the comic in an upcoming issue. The writers behind Batwoman J.H. Williams III and W. Hayden Blackman announced that December's Issue 26 would be the last they would work on due to DC's refusal to allow the marriage to happen.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 11, 2013 12:05 PM
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GLAAD Releases First Annual Studio Responsibility Index

GLAAD, the nation's leading LGBT media advocacy organization, released their first annual Studio Responsibility Index, which looks at the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT characters in films from the six major studios during 2012.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 22, 2013 1:20 PM
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Outfest Review Roundup: Road Trips, True Love and Iconic Queer Memoirs

This year's Outfest Los Angeles has yet again proven why they are one of the best LGBT film festivals in the country. They've had a spectacular line up of LGBT films including a few we covered at Sundance -- Stacie Passon's excellent Concussion and Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's documentary After Tiller.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 19, 2013 3:45 PM
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TV Watch This: Trailer for The Fosters - Executive Produced by Jennifer Lopez

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  • May 9, 2013 10:00 AM
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Watch This: Rose Troche's Sci-Fi Short 'Elliot King is Third'

Director Rose Troche has directed a short film for Futurestates, an online series of sci-fi shorts that explore the future of American society through a variety of topics.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 8, 2013 10:39 AM
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Watch The Top 3 WNBA Picks Talk Sports and Sexuality

While we have made great progress on gay marriage, we stil live in a world where there is not a single professional out male athlete that is currently playing a major sport. They are there, they are scared, but that's it's a really big, important step that hopefully is coming.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 22, 2013 10:00 AM
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Amy Pascal Asks Hollywood to Eliminate Gay Stereotypes from Films

Amy Pascal is truly a force. She championed Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty all the way. And at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center gala last week, Pascal asked the industry to take a long, hard look at how LGBT characters are depicted in film. Deadline provided an excerpt from her speech.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 26, 2013 1:30 PM
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Cross Post: The Brave One

Hard as it may be to believe, I won’t remember the 70th annual Golden Globes Awards for my beloved Tina Fey. Or Amy Poehler. Or Sofia Vergara’s golden globes. I mean, sure, they were all spectacular. And Tina and Amy should host everything ever always. Period. Full stop. But what I will remember and still can’t stop thinking about is the amazing acceptance speech and coming out of Jodie Foster. It was extraordinary on so many levels, none the least of which being that I never, ever, not in a million years thought it would happen.
  • By Dorothy Snarker
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  • January 15, 2013 1:03 PM
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