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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

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'

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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Maleficent Writer Linda Woolverton on Adapting Fairy Tales for a New Generation

The woman whose films have made well over a billion dollars discusses how she was able to keep the integrity of Maleficent's villainy while also making sure we still rooted for her.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • May 30, 2014 11:34 AM
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Nia Vardalos Prepping My Big Fat Greek Wedding Sequel

"A few jaded press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again," she commented on Twitter. "One of these things is true."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 28, 2014 2:00 PM
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Pretty Little Liars Showrunner Marlene King to Adapt Teen Occult Thriller

You won't believe what the popular girls are up to these days.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 21, 2014 12:10 PM
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Quvenzhane Wallis Lands Third Starring Role in Counting by 7s

Wallis will play an orphaned child prodigy.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 20, 2014 1:15 PM
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Susanna Fogel's Female-Friendship Comedy Life Partners Finds Distribution

Magnolia picked up the film starring Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 20, 2014 10:20 AM
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