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PAX 2011: “Joe Danger: The Movie” Makes You the Fall Guy

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In true stuntman fashion, Hello Games’ “Joe Danger” landed with a surprise explosion on the PlayStation 3 last year. The stunt-centric title had players controlling the titular death-defying daredevil through a series of motorcycle races, helping him regain his former glory. It recalled the old-school fun of “Excitebike” on the NES, with a robust, modern-day physics engine.

The UK-based developer was showing the upcoming sequel at the 2011 Penny Arcade Expo last weekend and in “Joe Danger: The Movie,” Joe’s going to be steering more than just motorbikes around. Every level features a different vehicle or theme and players will mix and match vehicles with levels. So, you can take a jetpack into a level previously played with a mine cart to discover new collectibles that weren’t reachable before. The old-school influences still shine through and it seems like “JDTM” won’t be a game about extrapolating complexity so much as it will be about perfecting a run-through of a level.

Taking the main character off the bike and onto snowmobiles and other vehicles makes him feel like Super Dave Osborne. The narcissistic stuntman–plagued by feats that always went awry–frequently guested on Dave Letterman’s late night talk shows and has always been a favorite of mine. The difference with the “Joe Danger” games is that you can actually make this stunt performer back into a star. While “Joe Danger” came out only for PS3, the new “JD” game was shown on a PC and played with an Xbox controller. Hello Games wouldn’t say if “Joe Danger The Movie” would be on a single platform again, but did offer that they’re looking at multiple distribution networks and that they’re aiming for a mid-2012 release.

Are you excited for more “Danger”? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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