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Why Think Like A Man Was A Surprise Success at the Box Office

What do you know? It took rom-com Think Like a Man to knock Hunger Games off its four week throne. Based on Steve Harvey’s New York Times best-seller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the film far surpassed its $17 million projections and raked in $33 million opening weekend, topping The Lucky One and Hunger Games respectively. The never-ending quest for love is real.

Although rom-coms are popular in the sense that many of them become household names, they aren’t always respected. Yet we can’t resist the good and the awfully bad love movies that make us laugh and say, “Awwww. How cute.” But who would have thought a dating movie with a predominantly black cast would be the one to give Hunger Games a run for its money? Here are five reasons Think Like a Man knocked it out of the park.

1. Oprah co-signed the book.

If Mother Oprah puts her name to anything (except her OWN Network, of course), it’s a hit. Being on Oprah’s show opened Harvey up to a whole new demographic. With that one nod from the Queen herself, the success of the book and its adaptation was inevitable.

2. Women love dating advice, even when it comes from questionable sources.

According to the L.A. Times, “Moviegoers who saw Think Like a Man — a largely female crowd, 62 percent of whom were 30 or older — loved the film, assigning it an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore.” Of course women flocked to theaters in droves: There’s a certain fascination with listening to advice doled out by men on to find love, which is why self-help relationship books are one of the top selling genres. Tell a woman sexist advice on how to get and keep a man, even if you’ve been married three times yourself, cha-ching!

3. The cast transcends the story.
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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Soap Fans Beg Oprah to Save Their Cancelled Shows

The Oprah giveth and the Oprah taketh away. After network soap opera mainstays One Life To Live and All My Children were given the axe this week, fans of the daytime dramas hit up the Queen of Television in order to make things right. Oprah Winfrey has been inundated with messages begging her to pick up the two canceled shows on her television network, OWN. While she heard their digital prayers, the talk show  titan has decided that she won’t go to bat for the decades-old soaps.

“I understand what it feels like to have a show you love off the air,” Oprah explained in a video. “And I appreciate that you all think I could save the soaps, but here is bone marrow truth. The soaps have been an institution in broadcast history and television because they had the support of the audience.”

She cited the failing ratings as the obvious risk for bringing the shows to  her network. “Believe me, if there was a dime left to be made from them on broadcast television it would still be happening . [But] I will not be taking on the responsibility of trying to revive an institution that for all intent and all purpose indicates that that time has come for it to be over. So thank you for believing I could save them. But I really can’t.”

The final episodes of All My Children and One Life To Live are slated to air this September.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Glamazons Galore At Glamour Magazine Gala

Glamour Magazine celebrated it’s 20th Annual Women of the Year gala last night at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall. The awards honor both the megastars, as well as the not-so-famous women who have made a positive impact in the world. Queen of All Media Oprah was on hand, as was actual Queen Rania of Jordan (WTF!? a real queen!), but every woman was dressed like royalty as they made their way across the red carpet!

You couldn’t miss Miss Fergie who sizzled in a red dress with husband Josh Duhamel. Kate Hudson killed it in a platinum off-the-shoulder gown, and honoree Julia Roberts made us feel all warm and fuzzy in a dark demure outer wrap.

Some celebs went for a more off beat look. Kelly Osboune hit the town in a peacock-like sequined top and retro peg skirt. Our beloved Janelle Monae somehow rocked the all-black plus cape look without crossing into goth or Batman territory, while Hilary Swank had a less successful fashion statement with her ancient-Greek-chic tight gold bodice.

Check out more of the glitz and glam in the gallery below!

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