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Channing Tatum to star in Evel Knievel biopic

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Fresh off his stint as a flashy male stripper in Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike,” hunky star Channing Tatum has now committed himself to telling the life story of ’70s daredevil Evel Knievel.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Tatum will portray the legendary stuntman, born Robert Craig Knievel, who generated headlines with his often outlandish motorcycle jumps, including a 1975 event in Ohio where he managed to leap over a whopping 14 buses. Knievel became a mainstay on television in his trademark red-white-and-blue jumpsuits, with his various escapades often aired on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” alongside other media.

The showman also made news for wishing to jump the Grand Canyon, an event which was never held after the American government refused numerous requests by Knievel to traverse the landmark.

This new biopic won’t mark the first time Knievel’s story has made it to the big screen. In 1971, actor George Hamilton portrayed the daredevil in a self-titled film, and in 1977 Evel played himself in “Viva Knievel!”

Channing Tatum has enjoyed an incredibly successful year, including March’s “21 Jump Street,” romantic drama “The Vow” and the aforementioned “Magic Mike.” In 2013 the actor will again portray an American soldier in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and Hollywood Reporter reports that the star will also be shooting “Foxcatcher,” based on the life of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.

Are you looking forward to seeing Channing’s take on Evel Knievel? 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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