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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

Guest Post: Bella Swan and Me

This weekend, the fifth and final installment of the Twilight franchise opened, and to no one’s surprise, killed at the box office. Conversations about the film will undoubtedly focus on the business it did (massive), whether or not it was any good (it wasn’t, really, but I had a great time), and what the fans were like opening night (enthusiastic, as always), but there’s a much smaller, more personal story to be told by each individual fan, and that’s what three fully grown women talked about on their way to see Breaking Dawn, Part 2 this weekend in a Midwestern suburb.
  • By Emilie Spiegel
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  • November 19, 2012 2:00 PM
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  • 6 Comments

Book Excerpt: Fanpire: The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love It

  • By Tanya Erzen
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  • November 6, 2012 10:25 AM
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Cross Post: Why The Twilight Saga Film Franchise Mattered, What it Accomplished, and Why its Legacy is Ultimately a Positive One

In just one month The Twilight Saga film franchise will come to an end.  Oh sure we may see spin-offs, reboots (probably in a different medium) and/or quasi-sequels in some form in another, but the five-part Edward/Bella saga will come to its apparent climax.  We can argue that few if any of the entries (including the unseen final chapter) were any good.  We can argue their morality and/or philosophy and debate what (mixed) messages the core audience took from the series as a whole.  But one cannot deny the cultural impact of the series.
  • By Scott Mendelson
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  • October 23, 2012 11:15 AM
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  • 8 Comments

Today's Lesson - You Can't Please the Twihards

Today I learned an important lesson which I probably already should have known.  The people who care about all things Twilight -- the fans of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are intense.  These people -- it seems they are mostly women - are about as intractable as the Israelis and the Palestinians.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 10, 2012 5:41 PM
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  • 10 Comments

Guest Post: A Fan Speaks - Kristen Stewart and Our Miserable Failure

The media stoning of Kristen Stewart, of Twilight fame, has been going on for about four weeks now. About a month ago, she was pictured having a fling, which she called a “momentary indiscretion,” with the married director of Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders. What she did was wrong, she apologized, and it seems as though she's been in hiding for a few weeks. She's been branded a “slut,” a “whore,” and a “trampire” mostly by women, but also by a couple famous men. It's all very disheartening to watch. Time and again, we get a chance, as a society, to prove we're not petty and spiteful and we fail miserably.
  • By Amy Theus
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  • September 4, 2012 12:27 PM
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  • 71 Comments

Kristen Stewart Covers Vanity Fair and Tells Off The Voracious, Starving Shit Eaters

Fame is a bitch for Kristen Stewart.  She used to be the kind of actress where as she said she could sit on her stoop and smoke pot in her underwear with her boyfriend and dog and nobody would care.  No more.  Since she hit it big she has created a barely tolerable relationship with the press that seems to be a mutual hateathon.  She doesn't smile a lot (we do like our young women very happy and smiley!) and they get back at her by making it seem that she is perpetually pissed off. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 6, 2012 9:39 AM
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Who Should Direct Catching Fire?

So now it is official and Gary Ross has walked away from directing the sequel of Catching Fire because the production schedule was too tight. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 11, 2012 11:09 AM
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  • 12 Comments

Guest Post: A Feminist Defense of 50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey is happening, it's happening big, and it's happening for women. I jumped on the band wagon after reading that the books were initially created as Twilight fan-fic (Twilight being the subject of my Masters thesis...) and immediately gave up three days of my life to obsessively read (and yes, re-read) the trilogy. As a woman, and especially as a feminist, I think these books are great.
  • By Emilie Spiegel
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  • April 11, 2012 10:41 AM
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  • 35 Comments

Trailer Watch: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Teaser

The saga will conclude next Thanksgiving. Looks like Bella's going to have some fun in this one.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 26, 2012 10:31 AM
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How Big Will The Hunger Games Open?

The news is that this week when The Hunger Games came onto the pre release tracking (which is what the studios use to gauge awareness and desire to see a film) it was huge - so huge that experts are saying it could open between $70 and $100 million.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 2, 2012 12:03 PM
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