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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

Top Designers Refused to Make Melissa McCarthy's Oscar Dress

"Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers -- very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people -- and they all said no."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 25, 2014 12:00 PM
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  • 72 Comments

Paul Feig Rumored to Direct Female-Led Ghostbusters Reboot

Name your dream cast here.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 4, 2014 2:30 PM
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  • 1 Comment

Let's Not Put an Obit on Melissa McCarthy's Career Post-'Tammy'

Why is the entertainment press so quick to write off this singular star?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 4 Comments

Six Reasons to See Tammy This Weekend

McCarthy is pushing the envelope for funny women everywhere.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 2, 2014 12:53 PM
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  • 3 Comments

July 2014 Film Preview

July is all about "Tammy" and "Lucy" and "Gabrielle."
  • By Kelcie Mattson and Alice Thorpe
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  • July 2, 2014 11:26 AM
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  • 0 Comments

How Melissa McCarthy Became a Box-Office Powerhouse

And a writer, producer, and director to boot.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 30, 2014 11:18 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Louis CK's "So Did the Fat Lady" Is Not The Last - Or The First - Word On Fat Women On TV

Larger women have been demonstrating on TV, on their own terms, what their experiences are long before the current King of Comedy tackled the subject.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • May 14, 2014 10:08 AM
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  • 2 Comments

Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy Is a Fugitive From Justice in Tammy

Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, and Kathy Bates co-star.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 7, 2014 2:51 PM
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  • 0 Comments

Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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  • 1 Comment

Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy in Tammy Teaser

It's actually a perfect short film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment

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