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Kevin Costner joins the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”

Kevin Costner joins the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” (photo)

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We’re big Quentin Tarantino fans, and we make no effort to hide it from folks. But even taking that into account, we’re outrageously excited for the filmmaker’s “Django Unchained.” Part of that is due to the sensationalistic subject matter, and the idea of the post-Civil War American South getting the “Inglourious Basterds” treatment, but equally exciting is what is shaping up to be a fascinating cast, including the just-confirmed Kevin Costner.

As unrepentant “Waterworld” apologists, we were instantly onboard with Costner joining the film, but the role he will be stepping into makes things even better. After years spent as the grinning good guy, “Django Unchained” will see Costner play a reprehensible heel, described by Deadline as “the sadistic trainer of the male fighting slaves who entertain the white patrons of Candyland as well as the female slaves who are forced to be prostitutes.”

Candyland is the name of the establishment owned and operated by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie, another example of Tarantino casting against type. Jamie Foxx is playing the title character, a former slave who sets out to free his wife, Broomhilda, from Candy, and the film also stars experienced Tarantino collaborators Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz.

“Django Unchained” is set to be released on Christmas Day 2012, but as of now there is no word on whether Costner will grace audiences with one of his legendary butt-shots, a la “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” We can all hope though, am I right, ladies?

What do you think about Tarantino casting Costner in “Django Unchained”? Could this lead to a Travolta-style renaissance for the actor? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and 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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