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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

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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Marion Cotillard to Star in French Auteur Nicole Garcia's Next Film

"Mal de Pierres" (literal translation: "Evil Stones") will be Garcia's eighth feature.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 11, 2014 10:00 AM
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Shonda Rhimes' Dartmouth Commencement Speech: "Dreamers Often End Up Living in the Basements of Relatives"

The "Scandal" showrunner drops some truth bombs.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 10, 2014 12:00 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence to Team Up Again with David O. Russell

Bradley Cooper isn't invited this time around, though.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 9, 2014 1:58 PM
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Trailer Watch: Chloe Grace Moretz Wavers Between Life and Death in New If I Stay Trailer

In case you need more dying teenage girls in your life this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 9, 2014 10:00 AM
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Updated: Lupita Nyong'o Options Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Trans-Atlantic Love Story Americanah

The project has found some new friends in high places.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 6, 2014 12:30 PM
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Eimear McBride's First Novel Wins Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

The Irish writer's novel "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing," which took many years to get published, has received a number of awards and accolades.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • June 5, 2014 1:30 PM
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Celine Sciamma's Black Parisian Drama Girlhood Finds Distribution

Karidja Toure stars as Marieme, a 15-year-old who ditches the only existence she's known to join a clique of tough girls -- and changing her name, her dress, and her life to do so.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 5, 2014 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen Stop Being 'Very Good Girls'

"Very Good Girls"
Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, and Richard Dreyfuss co-star in Naomi Foner's directorial debut.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 4, 2014 3:45 PM
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Women Writers Fight Against Lupus (Bonus Book Excerpt from Jane Espenson)

Top TV scribes from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Battlestar Galactica," and "Game of Thrones" have contributed to a new short-story collection called "Empower: Fight Like a Girl" to crusade against a disease that disproportionately affects women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 3, 2014 1:45 PM
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