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

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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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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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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THR Releases "2013 Women in Entertainment Power 100" List

The Hollywood Reporter released its annual "Women in Entertainment Power 100" ranking, which the publication described as a reflection of "a TV industry in flux, ongoing volatility at the film studios, and the females behind (and in front of) every last big deal in town."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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Octavia Spencer to Murder She Wrote Reboot, Melissa McCarthy to Produce Sitcom and Other TV News

In the most exciting TV news of the week, NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a Murder She Wrote reboot starring Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 25, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Big O: How Sandra Bullock Found Her Own Sense of Gravity

As Sandra Bullock embarks on her spellbinding one-woman space odyssey in Alfonso Cuaron's stunning 3-D thriller Gravity at theaters this weekend, let us consider her extraordinary trajectory right here on Earth.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • October 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Elle Magazine Announced Honorees of 20th Annual Women in Hollywood Event

Elle magazine announced the honorees of their 20th annual Women in Hollywood event.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Heat Opening Weekend Box Office in the UK

Paul Feig's follow-up to the gender-defying Bridesmaids was ushered into UK cinemas by supportive critics and very positive reviews. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy received universally high praise for their comedy turns in The Heat as FBI agent Ashburn and Boston cop Mullins.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • August 8, 2013 1:30 PM
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Film News Round Up for July 26th: Updates on Gone Girl, Nicole Holofcener's Latest and Melissa McCarthy as a Spy

Here's a news round up of some of the most notable news from the past couple days.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 26, 2013 4:00 PM
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Melissa McCarthy is Outperforming Comedy Dudes

Melissa McCarthy is crushing it right now--with a $40 million dollar opening weekend with The Heat, a rumored ESPYS hosting gig and recently wrapped up principal production on Tammy a film she co-wrote and co-directed with her husband Ben Falcone.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 3, 2013 12:30 PM
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