The Hollywood Reporter Magazine Turns 4: Read 5 Highlights From the First Issue

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As THR celebrates the fourth anniversary of its relaunch, here's a look back at the hot stories from November 2010, from the domination of Marvel and Taylor Swift to a revealing roundtable with Natalie Portman, Hilary Swank and more

On Nov. 3, 2010, daily trade paper The Hollywood Reporter officially relaunched as a weekly magazine, which quickly became a must-read for members of the industry and entertainment junkies alike. 

That first cover featured the 2010 kickoff of THR's signature awards-season roundtable series, focusing on actresses Amy Adams (The Fighter), Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, The King's Speech), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Hilary Swank (Conviction). Portman went on to win the Oscar a few months later, while Adams, Bening, Bonham Carter and Kidman also received nominations.

Since then, the magazine has gone on to win not only praise from consumers and critics alike but also a slew of accolades, including a nomination from the American Society of Magazine Editors for General Excellence; numerous awards from the L.A. Press Club, including three journalist of the year honors and repeat wins for entertainment publication of the year and website of the year; and an Emmy Award for THR's Janice Min, Stephen Galloway, Jennifer Laski and Stephanie Fischette for The Wolf of Wall Street roundtable. THR also was recently honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles for its youth mentorship program through its Women in Entertainment franchise.

To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the magazine's relaunch, THR presents five highlights from the first weekly issue below. 

THR's first weekly cover, Nov. 10, 2010

1. Marvel was already on its way to world domination.

In “Marvelwood,” THR tracked how the entertainment company went from bankruptcy to a powerhouse industry game-changer in six years. With nine pictures scheduled between now and 2019, Marvel’s ascendance seems far from over.

2. Twenty-year-old Taylor Swift's third album, Speak Now, proved she could carry the entire music industry.

In 2010, Swift's third album, Speak Now, sold 1 million copies in its first week. Today, 1989 is already the best-selling album to be released in 2014 after just one week on sale. It's also poised to top Britney Spears' 2000 Oops!...I Did It Again as the album with the biggest sales by a female artist in one week. Oh, and did we mention she’s taking on music streaming giant Spotify?

3. The first episode of The Walking Dead zombie crawled into chief TV critic Tim Goodman's heart.

From its first episode, Tim Goodman loved the show for its ability to evoke empathy and introspection amid a "a veritable exploding-head carnival." Now in its fifth season, The Walking Dead continues to set rating records every few episodes.

Read more THR's First Review of 'The Walking Dead'

4. Leo took on Leo in Oscar season.

While early predictions saw Leonardo DiCaprio’s best chance at Oscar gold with his performance in Inception, he insisted on giving equal time to his role in Shutter Island. THR predicted that “having two roles in contention could hurt the chances of a consensus aroundone.” And sadly, there would be no Oscar for Leo in 2011 or any year since. DiCaprio has since shifted his focus to campaigning for the environment, and has even announced an extended break from acting. Ah, what might’ve been.

5. Natalie Portman was still recovering from Black Swan.

“I definitely see skinny people as sad now. It’s so sad to be skinny," Portman replied when asked how she had been changed by a role. Thanks to the beauty of a roundtable discussion, Swank pointed out the inherent irony of a group of thin actresses saying bemoaning the tragedy of endless dieting. Portman clarified: “There’s a difference between thin and ballet.” Words to live by?

Read more The 2010 Actress Roundtable

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