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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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Women and Hollywood

Jessica Williams: Raising The Daily Show's Game

The long-running comedy show's first black female correspondent brings a new and welcome energy to tackling the stream of bullshit we call the news.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • July 1, 2014 11:04 AM
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Kristen Wiig to Direct, Star, and Co-Write a Bridesmaids Follow-Up with Annie Mumolo

The unnamed comedy will mark Wiig's directorial debut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 12, 2014 10:37 AM
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Comedy Central Renews Inside Amy Schumer, Greenlights Two More Female-Led Comedies

The teams of Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome ("Another Period") and Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell ("Idiotsitter") will join Schumer and the Broad City gals in making Comedy Central the best new place to find female comedy.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 10, 2014 2:28 PM
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Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre: "We Don't Make Abortion Funny. We Make a Character Funny."

Robespierre also discusses her influences, her challenges on set, and finally quitting her day job.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 6, 2014 11:18 AM
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Rebel Wilson to Star in Remake of Private Benjamin

Originally developed as a starring vehicle for Anna Faris, New Line's Update of Private Benjamin will feature Wilson. Goldie Hawn's portrayal in the original earned her an Oscar nomination, and the film was a huge commercial success.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 9, 2014 11:08 AM
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Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy Is a Fugitive From Justice in Tammy

Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, and Kathy Bates co-star.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 7, 2014 2:51 PM
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Amy Schumer and the Women of Broad City: Paving the Way for a Female "Golden Age"

Together, they constitute a before-and-after picture of female empowerment: Schumer as a wry thirtysomething chronicler of the last gasps of mainstream sexism, and the "Broad City" broads as twentysomething characters who never really considered it a thing.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • May 7, 2014 10:44 AM
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Why Leslie Jones' Controversial Slavery Sketch on SNL Was So Important

Jones speaks out about the tough reality for many black women in America, who face the double burden of both sexism and racism.
  • By Prachi Gupta
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  • May 6, 2014 11:00 AM
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TV: Latina Women Demand SNL Hire Latina Comedienne After Offensive Caricature

#StillNoLatinas was launched after the March 8 episode, which featured an airheaded beauty-pageant type named Marisol who spoke English loudly and poorly.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 28, 2014 1:01 PM
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TV: Trailer Watch: Emily Mortimer's New HBO Sitcom About Female Friendship

Thankfully, it'll be nothing like "The Newsroom."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 28, 2014 12:00 PM
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