The New Hollywood Reporter Debuts; See First Cover

 Lorenzo Agius

In an awards season where actresses have created unusually memorable performances, The Hollywood Reporter is focusing on six of the most buzz-worthy in its first relaunched issue available Wednesday.

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) sat down with THR for an hourlong freewheeling and often fun discussion to kick off the annual Awards Season Roundtable Series.

The actresses discussed everything from dealing with director conflict on the set, the emotional impact of certain roles, to how they balance motherhood and work. The interviews were conducted on Oct. 25 at the Siren Studios in Los Angeles. The group was photographed by photographer Lorenzo Agius.

Extensive video portions of the interview will be available on THR online on Nov. 3.

The 156-page premiere edition of the new THR also features, among other stories:

-- The Great Late-Night Poll: An exclusive look at America's late-night viewing appetites, conducted through a widespread poll by the global research company Penn Schoen Berland in time for Conan O'Brien's eagerly awaited first appearance on TBS on Nov. 8.

-- Dancing With the Stars: An oral history of the show's less-than-glitzy beginnings as it celebrates its 200th episode Tuesday night. A show no one in the business wanted at first, the execs and agent involved in the decision to take a chance on the diamond in the rough describe the drama, and how it went on to become the No. 1 show on TV this fall.

-- Tron Legacy: An exclusive first look at the costumes before the Dec. 17 release of Tron Legacy.

--  Marvel: A 3,800-word account of its executives, its ruthless negotiations with talent and how they pulled themselves out of bankruptcy to dominate Hollywood.

-- The King's Speech: The first in our Anatomy of a Contender series, this story focuses on the incredible unknown screenwriter who wrote the screenplay in his 60s. 

-- Nina Tassler: The first of our interviews for Executive Suite, a regular feature where the most successful and interesting people in Hollywood are interviewed, the CBS Entertainment president -- who's led the network to five straight weeks of ratings victory -- talks Twitter feeds, sharing credit for success and how she spends her day.

The Hollywood Reporter will be received by all current subscribers. In addition, the publication will be available at Barnes & Nobles nationwide, and in L.A., at local newsstands, in Gelson's and Bristol Farms markets, and airport newsstands.

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