Will Ferrell Was Asked Why Mariah Carey Was Cut From His Movie And He Did Not Hold Back

Well, this is awkward.

Will Ferrell stopped by Watch What Happens Live last night, and when asked why Mariah Carey’s cameo was cut from his upcoming film, The House, he pretty much held nothing back:

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The awkwardness began when Andy Cohen asked if it was true that Carey had shown up ~four hours~ late to set. Ferrell turned straight to camera, did a little dance, and said:

The awkwardness began when Andy Cohen asked if it was true that Carey had shown up ~four hours~ late to set. Ferrell turned straight to camera, did a little dance, and said:

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When asked if Mariah had any helpful notes on the script, Ferrell said she had only one:

When asked if Mariah had any helpful notes on the script, Ferrell said she had only one:

“Even though it was totally approved ahead of time,” Ferrell added.

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And apparently Mariah was supposed to sing one of her songs in the scene, but decided last minute that she wanted to sing a different one — which production didn’t have the rights to use.

And apparently Mariah was supposed to sing one of her songs in the scene, but decided last minute that she wanted to sing a different one — which production didn't have the rights to use.

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Alec Baldwin's Back As President — But Not The One You Think

Celebrated impersonator Alec Baldwin is back as the leader of the free world, except this time around, he’s not riffing on the current administration. Instead, to promote his One Night Only: Alec Baldwin special on Spike, the actor is swapping out his Trump wig for a powdered one. Rolling Stone reports that Baldwin is going all-out as George Washington, though his version isn’t exactly in line with the honest, wholesome, cherry tree-chopping one that you remember from history class.

Consider the latest impression a mix of Baldwin’s now-iconic Trump and a turned-up-to-100 George Washington.

“Hello, everyone. It’s me, George Washington, who made America great the first time,” Baldwin says in complete American Revolution regalia.

Then, the true mash-up portion of the impression begins. As George Washington 2.0, Baldwin mixes in a slew of Trump-inspired jabs, referencing everything from the president’s leaked Access Hollywood tape to Trump’s criticism of Baldwin’s Saturday Night Live Trump skits.

“I come to you this Independence Day with a special message. First, you’re welcome, for your amazing freedoms, all this tremendous democracy. I grabbed so much freedom from those British losers – when you’re president, they let you do it,” WashingBaldwin says.

Naturally, this new Washington is more about pumping up himself and his achievements than spreading the credit around to the other founding fathers. In this revisionist version of U.S. history, it seems as if Washington did it all by himself.

“I created this terrific, incredible country for everybody, even the haters and the losers like Alec Baldwin, so that he could have the freedom to insult the president,” Baldwin says.

Expect more of this when One Night Only: Alec Baldwin hits the airwaves on July 9. Baldwin won’t be alone. Kate McKinnon will be reprising her role as Hillary Clinton for the night, too. Bill Clinton, an actual president, is also set to make an appearance.

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NYC-Portland Roundtrip Flights Are Only $250 Right Now & We're Basically There

If you live in New York City, it’s important to go to Portland once in a while. And vice versa. It’s just a fact of life. (New Yorkers, if for nothing else, do it for the Thai food.)

That’s why we were so psyched to see a $252 roundtrip deal from NYC to Portland (and vice versa) on The Flight Deal. It’s a pretty unbeatable price!

There are more details on the website. The deal is valid for travel from September to early November, and availability is limited, as it usually is with these deals. Make sure you get your ticket at least 21 days before departure.

The Flight Deal advises to use the ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search to search for availability and use the criteria in this screenshot:

Photo: Courtesy of The Flight Deal.

The Flight Deal has an excellent beginner’s guide on how to Use Matrix by ITA Software.

Once you’ve found your dates, you can book using The Flight Deal’s Priceline link.

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Alexander Skarsgard Really Wants To Return For Season 2 Of Big Little Lies

We’re still waiting to hear if HBO’s Big Little Lies will receive a season 2 and expand the story that author Liane Moriarty created. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are keeping their fingers crossed that a sophomore season will happen, and they’re not alone in wanting to return to the series — Alexander Skarsgard is also onboard for more Big Little Lies. If you’re a fan wondering how Skarsgard’s Perry (who, spoiler alert, was killed in the season finale) would return to Monterey, not to worry: The actor has a solution that will make rejoining the cast an absolute breeze.

Skarsgard spilled on his plans to come back to Big Little Lies in an interview with Variety, and it involves him playing a family member of the deceased dad.

“Perry’s got a twin sister called Terry and she shows up and she’s pissed off that they all killed her brother,” he told the trade. “So, it’s basically a badass revenge story about this six foot four woman named Terry who’s there to avenge the death of her brother.”

It sounds like Skarsgard has been taking notes from Pretty Little Liars. If Perry was bad, I can’t even imagine what his evil twin might be like. Fortunately, I have a feeling that no one (least of all fans) will be okay with this plot development — but that, maybe, they’d be cool with Skarsgard coming back for creepy Perry-centric dream sequences.

Perry may be the villain of the show — he’s a rapist who abuses his wife Celeste (Nicole Kidman) regularly — but Skarsgard was careful to play him as a human being. He told Variety he wanted to add depth to his Big Little Lies character.

“It was important to find some core of humanity, I think, in order for the audience to at least understand this character, not to empathize, but to understand him,” he revealed to the publication. “And at least acknowledge that he’s struggling or that he’s conflicted. And that he is in a lot of pain. Because otherwise I don’t think it’s interesting if you don’t get in there.”

Skarsgard has clearly nailed the part of Perry — so maybe he should stick to that role if Big Little Lies ever receives a season 2.

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All The Summer Shows To Catch Up On During The Long July 4th Weekend

At long last, July 4th weekend is finally here. That means you could head to the beach with friends, take a nice vacation, or finally catch up on the television shows you’re rapidly falling behind on. Let us recommend you go with the third option.

While you could be tempted to start one of those long-ended, but beloved series you keep hearing about — yes, Buffy The Vampire Slayer is that good — you have another option. You can catch up on one of the many amazing shows that premiered this summer, because they’re all way too good to miss. And, you won’t have to devote nearly 150 hours of your heard-earned three-day weekend to them.

So, we compiled a list of all the summer shows you absolutely need to watch this long holiday weekend. Scroll through to find out our recommendations, as well as just how long a binge will take. Are you ready to break out the rosé and pop corn? Because it’s binge-watching time.

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Claws(TNT)

TNT isn’t just your dad’s procedural crime network anymore. The basic cable channel gave us newbie series Claws this year, starring Niecy Nash, Karrueche Tran, and Arlene from True Blood (a.k.a. Carrie Preston). The deep Florida drama follows a group of women who work at a nail salon and also happen to commit crimes for the local mob. Claws offers fantastic, complex female friendships, murder, and wonderfully absurd sartorial choices. Why aren’t more people watching?

Approximate binge time: With episode 4, “Fallout,” premiering on Sunday, about four hours.

The Bachelorette(ABC)

This season of of the long-running reality show is a historic one, as the 2017 cycle gives America its first Black Bachelorette star. Not only is Texas lawyer Rachel Lindsay dealing with the baffling romantic quandary that is Bachelorette, she’s also navigating how race plays into the very public dating series.

Plus, you never know which week will be a bloodbath.

Approximate binge time: 12 hours or less, depending on whether you’re still dealing with Hulu commercials.

Younger (TV Land)

Younger is one of those beloved comedies far too few people are tuning in for. The series is about a 40-something-year-old single mom named Liza (Sutton Foster), who pretends to be a millennial for a job. Of course, everything spins out from there. This season deals with Liza’s work BFF Kelsey (Hilary Duff) learning her BFF’s secret. Despite the soap opera-y subject matter, Younger, created by Sex And The City mastermind Darren Star, is still witty, smart, and fresh.

Approximate binge time: Less than a half-hour of your time. Younger season 3 just premiered this week.

Downward Dog(ABC)

This binge will be bittersweet, since ABC recently canceled the fan favorite comedy. Although the face-value premise — a talking dog narrates his and his owner’s life, although the owner can’t hear him — sounds ridiculous, Downward Dog proved to be one of the most endearing shows on television.

Beneath the gimmicky premise, the sitcom was actually about a woman named Nan (Allison Tolman) coming to love herself, her life, and her work, while dealing with a self-obsessed dog. There’s also an entire message of body positivity woven through the series, which stars an actress who finally looks like the rest of America’s female population.

Plus, it’s really, really, really funny.

Approximate binge time: A mere four hours.

Queen Sugar(OWN)

Queen Sugar is a show that deals with Black feminism, “unconventional” relationships, and interracial dating. If you don’t believe Queen Sugar is a show you need to watch right this minute, let my colleague Sesali Bowen convince you.

Approximate binge time: About three hours.

The Netflix Collection

Netflix premieres so many shows every week it’s honestly impossible to keep up with all of them. Although you’ve probably binged House Of Cards or Orange Is The New Black(or both) by now, there are a lot of other offerings on the streaming site you may have missed.

GLOW has proven to be one of our favorite new shows of the summer. On top of the 1980s woman wrestling dramedy, there’s also Will Arnett comedy Flaked, Ashton Kutcher comedy The Ranch, the sexy Naomi Watts thriller Gypsy, and the final season of humid drama Bloodline. The Netflix world is your oyster.

Approximate binge time: Infinite, as long as you keep clicking “Next episode.”

Orphan Black(BBC)

After years of wondering how the Clone Club came to be, it’s high time viewers got their answers — and fans hopefully will now that Orphan Black is officially ending this season. If that’s not enough to make you want to check back in the the Tatiana Maslany-led series, know the finale season is delving into how the patriarchy is manipulating the entire Clone Club.

If you’d like an escape from our worrisome political atmosphere, this is the dystopic series you’re looking for.

Approximate binge time: With episode 4, “Let the Children and Childbearers Toil,” premiering Saturday, four hours.

American Gods(Starz)

The Starz fantasy series may have technically been a spring show, but the Neil Gaiman adaptation is a visceral, beautiful, and dreamlike drama worth watching as soon as possible. Plus, X-Files queen Gillian Anderson, who plays new god Media, appears as incarnations of David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, and Lucille Ball throughout the season.

Approximate binge time: Eight hours.

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SoFi Says You Can Have A Home And Eat Avocado Toast, Too

Yesterday, loan refinancing company SoFi announced a new marketing initiative aimed at would-be homebuyers: “For the month of July 2017, anyone who takes out a SoFi mortgage to purchase a home will receive a month’s worth of avocado toast delivered to their door.”

The company will send an email asking for their lendee’s bread choice (regular or gluten-free), and then ship that and avocados to where they live.

While it’s true that brunch is quite possibly the most important meal of the day, SoFi explains that its offering is being made in response to Australian millionaire Tim Gurner. In May, Gurner told Australia’s 60 Minutes that millennials’ binging on the popular (but pricey) snack is to blame for their inability to buy property. “When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” he said.

The claim ignited a debate, but in many ways it’s a silly one. For one thing, data show that many young people are buying homes in greater numbers. “Realtor.com estimates that millennials will soon make up 33 percent of the market, with boomers making up 30 percent,” Marketplace reported in March, attributing a recent jump in house sales to that demographic. Secondly, writing off years of post-recession uncertainty, and increasing (and often overwhelming) student debt, is reductive.

Of course you won’t get closer to your dreams of buying a home or financial stability in general if you blow every paycheck and put nothing aside. After all the costs are settled, and “given the average US home buyer today will pay about $440,000 in interest over the life of a 30-year mortgage,” as Quartz notes, that tree might be a better investment, anyway.

SoFi’s marketing campaign is clearly making a play for Millennials who have been following the avocado toast debate. However, once you are ready to purchase a place of your very own, be sure to look into the options that are best for you. SoFi may be a solid option for people with robust and mostly-spotless financial profiles; however, they’re likely not an option at all for people whose situations are messier or less secure. As BuzzFeed News explained, citing reports from financial agencies DBRS and Moody’s, the average annual income for a college graduate in 2015 was around $50,000. The average income for a person who qualified for a SoFi loan? More than $170,000.

“SoFi’s average borrower, in the new bond with the AAA rating from S&P, is 34 years old, with an annual income of $170,260 and free cash flow of $7,088,” wrote then-reporter Nitasha Tiku. “Most graduates saddled with student loan debt don’t fit that description, which is why applicants for private refinancing often need their creditworthy parents to cosign, a caveat that doesn’t get mentioned in the ads.”

In other words, SoFi is a better option for people who are in excellent financial shape. And if you’re in that group, you’re probably well-off enough already to have your avocado toast and eat it too.

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