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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

TV: Trailer Watch: Orange is the New Black Season 2

The suits at Netflix have gotten the memo: this isn't just Piper's show.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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Orange is the New Black, Scandal, Borgen Among Peabody Winners

Nearly half of the Peabody winners this year are by and/or about women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 2, 2014 2:30 PM
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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda to Reunite in Netflix Sitcom from Friends Creator

Oh, happy day!
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 19, 2014 1:05 PM
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TV: Amy Poehler Signs Three-Year NBC Deal and Hires Natasha Lyonne for Comedy Pilot

Amy Poehler has signed a three-year deal with NBC. Her first project out of the gate will be a sitcom called "Old Soul" starring Natasha Lyonne, who plays a caregiver to "a group of opinionated elderly people." An NBC exec states, "This show, hopefully, will blow up some of the cliches we think about old people."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 21, 2014 10:40 AM
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TV: A Preview of Girls' Third Season from TCA

Dunham isn't taking refuge from questions about nudity or the criticisms of the show’s initial lack of diversity. Rather, she came to TCA prepared to engage with them. "It's a realistic expression of what i'’s like to be alive, I think," she swatted one critic who asked why she was naked so frequently on the show.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • January 10, 2014 1:00 PM
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The High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Cross Post: Fostering Our Future

The new fantastic, flashy, female-fronted shows of the season have received seemingly endless and endlessly deserving ink. We all love "Orphan Black" and "Orange Is the New Black,". But there's a quieter, also deserving show of the summer that has been quietly revolutionary in its own way. And that show is "The Fosters."
  • By Dorothy Snarker
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  • August 9, 2013 11:05 AM
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Alysia Reiner Talks About Being a Part of Orange is the New Black

In Orange is the New Black - the new Netflix sensation that takes place in a women’s prison, Alysia Reiner's character is incredibly callous. She plays Natalie "FIG" Figueroa, the tough assistant warden of the prison, who keeps a tight rein on everything that goes inside the prison.
  • By Holly Rosen Fink
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  • July 29, 2013 10:42 AM
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Cross Post: In Praise of Difficult Women

Fuck off, Don Draper, Walter White, Tony Soprano, et al. The age of the male antihero is over. Sure, you've had a good run. And, fuck, look at all those shiny, shiny Emmys. But I'm sick of praising all these Difficult Men.
  • By Dorothy Snarker
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  • July 18, 2013 2:15 PM
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