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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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Quote of the Day: "Why? Why? Why? Don't they want the money?

That is the quote Meryl Streep uttered Tuesday night at the annual Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.  She was onstage to present Viola Davis with her Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. 
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  • June 14, 2012 10:45 AM
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Meryl Streep Gets Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival

Coming off her BAFTA win for best actress in London on Sunday night, Meryl Streep headed to the Berlin Film Festival to pick up a lifetime acheivement award.
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  • February 15, 2012 11:26 AM
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Strong Box Office for Kevin and The Iron Lady

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  • January 18, 2012 11:23 AM
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New Interesting Poster for The Iron Lady

I like this one.
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  • January 11, 2012 10:10 AM
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Meryl Streep to be Feted at Berlin Film Festival

Some good news for Meryl Streep and The Iron Lady. First, the box office for the film which opened December 30 was terrific. It grossed $280,409 in four theatres (in NY and LA) for an amazing total of $70,102 per screen. Not surprising, the film skewed female and older. 54% of the attendees were women and 72% were over 35. The movie will expand further of January 13.
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  • January 3, 2012 11:45 AM
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The Iron Lady

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  • December 30, 2011 11:45 AM
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Interview with Phyllida Lloyd - director of The Iron Lady

Women and Hollywood: This is a very different biopic of a leader because it is of a female leader.  What about this films makes it different in terms of leadership?
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  • December 30, 2011 10:20 AM
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Interview with Abi Morgan - writer of The Iron Lady

I was lucky enough to meet the multi-talented Abi Morgan who has had an amazingly successful year with The Hour, Shame and The Iron Lady on the day after the premiere of The Iron Lady in NYC. Women and Hollywood: How does a person have two major movies (Shame and The Iron Lady) in one year? How did that happen and are there any similarities between the projects? Abi Morgan: It's interesting because both have got stellar performances that's the strongest similarity. I was very lucky. It was an odd timing issue. I did write them virtually at the same time but I met Steve McQueen while I was working on The Iron Lady and it was a period where I had done most of the work on the script but I was still tweaking it and then I met him and we just hit it off. It was just the counterpoint of meeting a great director and deciding that I wanted to work with him. That project actually came together incredibly quickly. It was incredibly fortuitous and it was a lucky thing so both films are about great collaborations with great directors.
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  • December 29, 2011 10:45 AM
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Women's Film Critics Circle Award Winners

I love the diversity of categories.  But where is the best woman director? UPDATE- the best womena director is the director of the best movie by women.  I think we name the women because people need to know their names in the same way that guys names are known.
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  • December 21, 2011 10:30 AM
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Meryl on the Narrowing of the Film Audience

There are not many people who can get away with saying that the film business has basically thrown away everyone except for teenage boys, but that's exactly what Meryl Streep did last night on 60 Minutes.
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  • December 19, 2011 10:19 AM
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