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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 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

Leslie Mann Becomes a Movie Star: The Supporting Actress is A Leading Lady in Las Madres

Mann will star in the bounty hunting comedy from Dreamworks. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer joins her.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 12, 2014 2:06 PM
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  • 1 Comment

TV: Series Pick-Ups for Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Octavia Spencer, Gabourey Sidibe

Also Taraji P. Henson, Tasha Smith, Casey Wilson, and Anna Friel.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 7, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 5 Comments

TV: Octavia Spencer, JoAnna Garcia Swisher to Headline New Shows

Spencer will star in Fox's "Red Band Society" as a tough-loving nurse, while Swisher will lead the cast of ABC's "Astronaut Wives Club" playing a Midwestern media darling.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 18, 2014 10:00 AM
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Sarah Polley, Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour Among National Board of Review's Best-of-Year Picks

Directors Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) and actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) were the only awardees among the National Board of Review's end-of-the-year picks in categories not designated for women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 5, 2013 4:00 PM
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Emma Thompson Calls Out Hollywood Sexism in Ten Different Ways at THR Actress Roundtable

Emma Thompson is a rare delight. The delightfully outspoken actress, who stars as 'Mary Poppins' author P.L. Travers in Disney's upcoming 'Saving Mr. Banks,' was the highlight of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable, criticizing sexism in the film industry at all stages of production.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 26, 2013 1:41 PM
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  • 6 Comments

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: When Race is an Issue in the Oscars

What does a black leading lady have to do to win an Academy Award again? Considering there seems to be a renaissance in black cinema, you would think the timing would be perfect. But you would be wrong.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:00 PM
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Oscar Thoughts: Boys, Boys and More Boys

Here's my thing about the Oscars. There were women everywhere. We can't stop talking about the great dresses. Women were also there as great presenters (like the crew from Bridesmaids and Emma Stone) YET at the same time it felt like there were no women there. Because really, hardly any women won anything significant on Sunday night.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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The Help: Eat My Shit

Love this video. Done by Jon and Al Kaplan.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 27, 2012 3:32 PM
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Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer Book New Projects

Smart women.  Strike while the iron is hot.  Octavia starts shooting Diablo Cody's directorial debut shortly, but she also has booked her next role which came to me yesterday in one of the Hollywood Reporter's Breaking News Alerts.  Those kinds of news alerts make me happy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 3, 2012 12:15 PM
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  • 3 Comments

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