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Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” full plot synopsis released


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Yesterday we showed off the teaser poster for “Django Unchained,” but while it’s a stark, expressive piece, it doesn’t really tell us anything new about Quentin Tarantino’s newest film. Thankfully, with the release of a full synopsis today, we now have a lot more plot details about the director’s southern revenge flick.

While versions of the “Django Unchained” script have been floating around for months, this synopsis is a great opportunity to learn what the film is about without verging into full-on spoiler territory. Slash Film has reproduced the entire synopsis, and were savvy enough to point out a couple interesting, non-plot-related aspects of the film. First off is the fact that “Django Unchained” is only the second Tarantino film to not be produced by Lawrence Bender, who has worked on every one of the director’s movies except for “Death Proof.”

The other, perhaps even more significant personnel change is in regards to the editing of “Django Unchained.” For his entire career, Tarantino’s films were masterfully edited by the tremendous Sally Menke, who sadly passed away in 2010. The editor left an indelible mark on Tarantino’s oeuvre, as well as a sizable set of editing shoes for whoever would be selected to take her place. Stepping into the breach is Fred Raskin, who has not only assisted Menke on “Kill Bill,” but also worked on “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Boogie Nights” and the “Fast and the Furious” series. Not exactly a shabby resume.

The “Django Unchained” plot synopsis serves to clarify and formalize much of what we have already heard about the film, namely that it focuses on the partnership of Jamie Foxx’s Django and Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz apparently purchases the slave Django with plans to free him upon catching his quarry, but Django’s primary goal is rescuing his wife Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. Their hunt leads them to “Candyland,” a plantation where slaves are forced to fight one another for sport by their owner, Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film will hit theaters on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012, and in addition to Foxx, Waltz, Washington and DiCaprio, also features RZA, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen and Walton Goggins, among others.

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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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