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Five Kevin Spacey Roles We Love

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Anyone who works in an office knows that cubicle life is rough. And anyone who has worked in Hollywood knows it is a dog-eat-dog world, where one dog gets all the credit and the other dog just gets eaten. When the two worlds collide, you get “Swimming with Sharks”, which just happens to air at 6 p.m. ET tonight. The film follows Guy (Frank Whaley), a recent film-school graduate with big ideas, who takes a job as assistant to major studio executive Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey). At first Guy thinks his ship has finally come in; little does he know it’s a Viking slave ship, for his boss is way worse than any Viking slave driver. Spacey does a phenomenal job as the fiendish, greedy boss, so we got to thinking about some of our favorite roles by Mr. Spacey.

In no particular order, here are Five Kevin Spacey Roles We Love:

1. Buddy Ackerman in “Swimming with Sharks” The film is a fun parable about Hollywood values, but the real reason to watch the film is Spacey’s performance. He manages to be terrifying, hateful, and hilarious all at the same time. and he makes Buddy Ackerman a character the audience won’t soon forget.

2. Roger “Verbal” Kint in “The Usual Suspects” A police detective is on the hunt for the criminal behind a gruesome and lucrative crime. He just has to get through Spacey’s impressively verbose monologue first.

3. Lester Burnham in “American Beauty” Spacey plays a depressed suburban dad who becomes obsessed with his teenage daughter’s best friend. Creepy, yet strangely understandable.

4. Hopper in “A Bug’s Life” Parents of toddlers know what we mean when we say this was one of Spacey’s most endearing roles.

5. Bobby Darin in “Beyond the Sea” Spacey starred as singer Bobby Darin in this film and used his own singing voice for the musical numbers. But he also co-wrote, directed, and co-produced the film. His performance reveals what a labor of love this film is for him.

Which is your favorite role by Kevin Spacey? Tell us in the comments.

“Swimming with Sharks” airs on IFC today at 6:00 PM ET; Saturday, May. 14 at 1:10 PM ET; Sunday, May. 15 at 4:00 AM ET; Wednesday, May. 25 at 6:00 PM ET; and Thursday, May. 26 at 11:00 AM ET

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…