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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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Films Targeting Women Dominate the Box Office This Weekend

Maybe we can call this a bit of poetic justice but it looks like the big boys are floundering and the girls are on the rise. This weekend, the female targeted, yet not very feminist, Oz - The Great and Powerful was again number 1 at the box office. (I haven't seen the movie but here are two pieces about the film. Why ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Is A Major Step Back For Witches and Women and “Oz the Great and Powerful” Rekindles the Notion That Women Are Wicked.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 18, 2013 1:00 PM
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Guest Post: Selena Gomez Takes It To The Next Level By Serena Donadoni

Meeting Selena Gomez, itʼs hard not to notice what she doesnʼt do as much as what she does: she doesnʼt slouch or hesitate answering questions; sheʼs not testy or fatigued on this last stop of a cross-country mall tour; sheʼs punctual and conscientiously professional; and she seems perfectly content to be in Detroit during a stressful, career-defining week. Gomez is preparing for a summer music tour, having already made the transition from Disney Channel star (Wizards of Waverly Place) to successful singer, like Miley Cyrus before her. Sheʼs on the cover of this weekʼs Billboard, and When the Sun Goes Down, the third release from Selena Gomez & The Scene, climbed rapidly into the iTunes Top 5, buoyed by the platinum (1 million units sold) single “Who Says.” But itʼs another project that prompted the mall visits and rounds of publicity.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 1, 2011 2:52 AM
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