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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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Beyonce Tops Forbes' 2014 Celebrity 100 List

Notably, half of the top 10 celebs on the list are women.
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  • July 1, 2014 4:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Helen Mirren Stars in The Hundred-Foot Journey

Oprah is one of the film's producers: "From the moment I read the script, I knew that this was a piece of work that I wanted to be associated with."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 15, 2014 10:00 AM
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Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o Poignantly Discusses "Black Beauty" at Essence Event

The clear awards season darling Lupita Nyong'o shares an anecdote about inspiring a fan to stop using skin-whitening cream.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 4, 2014 3:35 PM
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Paramount to Distribute Ava DuVernay's Selma

"Selma" is one of several MLK films currently in the works, but Deadline reports that Winfrey's participation is putting the production on the fast track.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 27, 2014 3:36 PM
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Oprah Headed for Broadway

Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut in a revival of Marsha Norman's "'night, Mother" opposite theater legend Audra McDonald.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 12, 2014 1:00 PM
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The Big O: And the Oscars' Winning (and Losing) Female Nominees Are...

The 86th Academy Award nominations did the hustle big time for "American Hustle," with 10 nominations. From our female perspective, it's terrific that both Amy Adams, with her first lead nod following four supporting tries, and supporting candidate Jennifer Lawrence are in the running in the acting categories.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • January 16, 2014 12:18 PM
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The Big O: Remembering 2013's Top Female Film Moments

The 10 scenes that defined the year's women in film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 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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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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