Kevin Spacey Auditioned For Tiger Beat Magazine And Here’s The Proof

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Did you know that Kevin Spacey is single-handedly responsible for Tiger Beat Magazine folding? As Jimmy Kimmel joked on the latest installment of his talk show, if the former magazine for tweenie boppers had featured this future House of Cards star within its pages, then it would probably still be in business. Alas, they chose to pass on a young, Frank Sinatra-looking Spacey, and all we have left to commemorate the priceless moment is this footage from a vintage news special that Kimmel unearthed for his audience.

Check out a young Spacey in the video below.

When Spacey was on the latest installment of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host pulled the rug out from under Frank Underwood by revealing this vintage clip. Spacey went for a cattle call for the magazine, which at the time was known for featuring aspiring actors. The other young men looking to get featured flaunted boyishly handsome good looks and dreamy blonde hair, and then there was a young Spacey. He came in wearing a fedora, tie and trench coat and talking about his impression of Johnny Carson. We guess the editors just weren’t digging the whole Humphrey Bogart vibe. (Is it us, or does young Spacey look a bit like Lee Pace from The Hobbit and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire?)

As the actor said, this happened during a two-year period after he left high school but before he went to study at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. He was auditioning for everything possible, including The Gong Show, which, sadly he didn’t get. “I got pre-Gonged,” Spacey joked. But more so with Tiger Beat, not seeing that this young adult would grow up to become one of the most famous actors of all time and star on one of the most popular shows on Netflix was an ultimate failure on their part.

Spacey still hasn’t been able to let this one go, which means someone should really check to see if anyone who had worked for Tiger Beat is still alive. When Underwood glares directly into the camera, you know someone’s about to get offed.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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