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Samuel L. Jackson and Gerald McRaney confirmed for “Django Unchained”

Samuel L. Jackson and Gerald McRaney confirmed for “Django Unchained” (photo)

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Almost as soon as we started hearing about Quentin Tarantino’s next film, “Django Unchained,” it’s been a foregone conclusion that the director’s frequent collaborator Samuel L. Jackson would be somehow involved. Now, we finally have confirmation of Jackson’s role in the new southern-fried western, as well as news about another recently cast actor: Gerald McRaney.

Slashfilm picked up on the news about McRaney, whom, if you’re anything like us, you might remember from summers spent indoors watching syndicated episodes of “Major Dad.” Of course, a role that might be more relevant to his as-yet-unannounced part in “Django Unchained” would probably be that of old-timey hard-ass George Hearst on “Deadwood.”

Going back to the first anyone heard of “Django Unchained,” it’s been assumed that Samuel L. Jackson would be taking on the role of one of villain Calvin Candie’s chief slaves. While Slashfilm points out that the original script called for the two characters to be about the same age, apparently the years between Leonardo DiCaprio, who will be portraying Candie, and Jackson won’t be causing too much of an issue, as Variety has now confirmed Jackson in the role.

The rest of the film’s cast is equally interesting, with Jamie Foxx playing Django, a freed slave who unites with a bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz in an effort to free his wife from Candie. The spaghetti western take on the American South is also said to feature Kevin Costner as a villainous slave trainer.

Are you as excited as we are for “Django Unchained”? Are you able to look at Gerald McRaney without thinking about “Major Dad”? Tell us 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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