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

BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant," Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Jennifer Lee's "Frozen."
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  • January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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Women and Hollywood December 2013 Film Preview

Here are the women-centric, women-directed and women-written films that you should keep on your radar for December.
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  • December 2, 2013 12:37 PM
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Dakota Johnson to Star in Fifty Shades of Grey

The highly anticipated casting news of who will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation was announced yesterday.
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  • September 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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Emma Thompson Returns to the Big Screen in Saving Mr. Banks

It feels like it has been a long time since we saw Emma Thompson on the big screen in a meaty role. In Saving Mr. Banks she plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. The film is written by Kelly Marcel (who is scripting 50 Shades of Grey) and Sue Smith.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 11, 2013 3:24 PM
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Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Direct Fifty Shades of Grey

We've reported a lot about the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation--we were a little wary about the producing team, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, from The Social Network working on the film but then we were excited that they picked screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, to adapt the book for the screen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Variety Announces 10 Directors and Screenwriters to Watch, 4 are Women

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 10, 2012 3:21 PM
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Kelly Marcel Writing Fifty Shades of Grey Screenplay

As we previously reported, 3 female screenwriters, Karen Croner, Veena Sud and Kelly Marcel were in talks to adapt Fifty Shades of Grey.  The golden ticket goes to Kelly Marcel for the coveted gig.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 9, 2012 5:00 PM
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Three Female Screenwriters Considered for Fifty Shades of Grey Adaptation

We previously reported that the producing duo from The Social Network, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti would be producing the film adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and we hoped that this duo would do right by women this time around in both their writing and directing choices.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 9, 2012 10:16 AM
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