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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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Trailer Watch: Violet & Daisy

Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are a pair of teen assassins who are hired to kill crime figures in New York City. When the pair gets a new job targeting a mysterious man (James Gandolfini) the work becomes much more than they bargained for.
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  • May 7, 2013 11:30 AM
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Saoirse Ronan Scores Title Role in The Host

This young woman is so hot. She seems to be at the top of the list for the youth set. She can do action - Hanna; she can do drama - Atonement. She can do everything and anything. She just signed to star in Stephenie Meyer's The Host which will be on sale next week at Cannes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 5, 2011 3:05 AM
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Hanna

Saoirse Ronan has built herself quite a diverse career and she's still a couple of years shy of 20. She's done comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer in Amy Heckerling's never released in the theatres terrific I Could Never Be Your Woman (on Netflix); drama in Atonement for which was nominated for an Oscar, more drama in The Lovely Bones, and now she stars as a girl literally fighting for her life in Hanna.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 7, 2011 2:01 AM
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Joe Wright Sticks it to Zack Snyder

Joe Wright the director best known for British period dramas like Atonement and Pride and Prejudice opens his first action film Hanna starring Saorise Ronan as a teen assassin this Friday. He screened the film at Wondercon in San Francisco this past weekend and really stuck it to his colleague Zack Snyder for the gender politics in Sucker Punch. I find it very interesting and refreshing that the crap that Snyder tried to get away with in Sucker Punch is not flying and that others -- including male directors -- are calling him out.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 4, 2011 3:30 AM
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