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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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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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