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Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell leave “Django Unchained”

Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

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“Django Unchained” seems to be losing actors left and right.

The latest to go are Sacha Baron Cohen and Kurt Russell, who follow on the heels of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kevin Costner. There doesn’t seem to be any ill-will between these stars and director Quentin Tarantino, but their departures seem to be simply because of busy schedules and bad timing.

It’s worth noting that all four actors seem to have been playing small roles in the movie. “Django Unchained” still has an all-star line-up that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Johnson, and they have been busy filming since the beginning of the year. Though we’re disappointed these four won’t have roles in the movie, there has been no talks of replacements and it seems like they didn’t have parts that were integral to the story.

Cohen confirmed his departure to Howard Stern, saying that he was unable to make the film work due to commitments to “The Dictator” press schedule. Variety confirmed Russell’s exit, and rumor has it that he was unhappy because the movie wasn’t western enough. It’s worth noting that Russell had been a replacement for Costner in the flick.

Levitt also had to leave because of his busy schedule. “I’ve been in touch with Quentin about it, and it was so cool to trust me to do this little part in his movie,” he told MTV News. “I would have loved, loved to have done it. He’s one of my very favorite filmmakers, and he was really supportive of me directing and that meant the world to me.”

“Django Unchained” hits theaters December 25.

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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

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Cancel it!

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Wedding Planners

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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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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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