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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Angelina Jolie and Linda Woolverton Talk Maleficent in New Featurette

The May 30 release will be part-prequel, part-alternate POV.
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  • April 21, 2014 12:00 PM
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Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

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

There's also a fun little moment when Maleficent carelessly flicks her tiny rival fairies away.
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  • March 19, 2014 2:00 PM
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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.
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  • January 27, 2014 10:43 AM
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Is Princess Culture Redeemable?

I am extremely ambivalent about the whole princess thing.  If I never saw another princess anywhere it would be too soon.  But I live in the real world and write about Hollywood and Hollywood is infused with princesses.  In fact,  we've got two big princess movies coming down the pike this year.  This week's Mirror, Mirror and this summer's Snow White and the Huntsman.  I will never forget when I heard Geena Davis talk about her research on girls and the media, and how the research showed the most girls believe they can be princesses because that is basically all that they see girls doing onscreen.  Of course we all know that princess is not a job description and while there are very few princesses in real life, they seem to dominate girls lives on film.
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  • March 27, 2012 10:57 AM
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Twilight's Melissa Rosenberg Becomes Highest Grossing Female Screenwriter

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Melissa Rosenberg, the writer of all five Twilight movies has now surpassed Linda Woolverton as the top grossing female screenwriter with her films grossing a total of $2.56 billion worldwide.  Woolverton total take is $2.39 billion.  She mostly known for writing successful animated films (The Lion King) and is also the writer of the Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
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  • December 22, 2011 11:34 AM
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