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Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” adds RZA and Anthony LaPaglia

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” adds RZA and Anthony LaPaglia (photo)

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It’s kind of a foregone conclusion that “Django Unchained” is going to be our favorite movie of 2012. Not only are we unapologetic, dyed-in-the-wool, completely-committed, never-been-done-wrong Quentin Tarantino fans, but the film, about a former slave out for revenge in the deep south, has an absolutely killer cast. And that cast just got even killer-er, with the addition of three new actors, including Tarantino collaborator and Wu-Tang mastermind RZA.

The cast for “Django Unchained” is already massive and super-impressive, including Jamie Foxx as the lead, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more. But Variety has now reported that both RZA and Misty Upham have joined the production. RZA has worked with Tarantino before, composing the score for both “Kill Bill” movies, and is currently filming his own Tarantino-produced kung fu flick “The Man with the Iron Fists,” which incidentally, sounds like it will be our second favorite movie of 2012. According to Variety, “RZA will play Thaddeus, a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation.” Meanwhile, Misty Upham of “Frozen River” fame will portray Minnie, the owner of a “trading post-bar.”

In related news, Deadline carried the exclusive news that Anthony LaPaglia will also be joining the “Django Unchained” cast. LaPaglia, who is likely best known as the star of the CBS drama “Without a Trace,” will get a chance to whip his natural Aussie accent back out as he takes on the role of “the leader of a group of greedy Australians who encounter slave-turned-bounty hunter Django.” His character is apparently the brother of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

What do you think about the cast for “Django Unchained”? Are you excited, or still a little disappointed that the Django role didn’t go to Will Smith or Idris Elba? Tell us 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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