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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

Trailer Watch: The Final Trailer for Maleficent

"Maleficent" opens May 30: "Prepare to discover what could make a good fairy go bad."
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 9, 2014 5:00 PM
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Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie in New Maleficent Spot

"There is evil in this world. Hatred. Revenge," Maleficent declares in the new Maleficent trailer. Then she giggles -- not girlishly or coquettishly, but with ironic bemusement, like a boss.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 27, 2014 10:43 AM
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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

The 13 films of 2014 to look forward to -- and the three movies that will hopefully be released.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 2, 2014 11:09 AM
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The High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury to Receive Academy's Governors Awards

Angelina Jolie and Angela Lansbury will be receiving awards at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 6, 2013 12:45 PM
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Forbes Releases Hollywood's Highest Paid Actresses List

Forbes recently released their annual highest paid actress list. The list is unfortunately, unsurprisingly very white and very young. And several of the actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman weren't even in films in the last year when the list was calculated (June 2012-June 2013).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 1, 2013 3:44 PM
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Angelina Jolie Goes to the UN Security Council

Angelina Jolie took a seat before the UN Security Council to speak out against rape against women in war zones. Jolie is an ambassador for the UN high commissioner for refugees, and this was the first time she appeared before the Security Council to restify.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 26, 2013 12:00 PM
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Forbes Names World's 100 Most Powerful Women

Forbes has just named the World's 100 Most Poweful Women of 2013. And it's a very impressive list. It includes women in politics like Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany who was number one, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, women in technology like Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg and many other areas like philanthropy, business and fashion.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 23, 2013 12:41 PM
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Pissed Off: When Did Playing Evil Women Become a Rite of Passage for Oscar Winning Actresses?

You know I hate all the princess shit that we see everywhere. The film business has up it ass that boys get to be superheroes and girls get to be princesses. The boys save the girls and the girls need to be saved. Like anyone believes that shit anymore.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 9, 2013 12:00 PM
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