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Dennis Christopher on “Django Unchained”: “Tarantino does ‘Gone with the Wind’ all the way”

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Quentin Tarantino has made us a very wonderful Christmas present this year in the form of “Django Unchained.” The “Pulp Fiction” director is tackling the world of Civil War-era bounty hunters and corrupt plantation owners in his new project, and it sounds like it will be his most off-the-wall film yet.

IFC had the chance to catch up with Dennis Christopher at the “Broken Kingdom” premiere red carpet and talk to him about the upcoming film. We don’t know much about his character Leonide Moguy, so we asked him how he fit into the rest of “Django Unchained’s” world.

“I sort of play the consulary to this very powerful Southern family; the lawyer who tends to all the family business for Leonardo DiCaprio and his sister that live on this fantastic plantation,” Christopher said. “We’re about the last third of the movie, and, once they get to the plantation, Tarantino does ‘Gone with the Wind’ all the way.”

So on a scale from one to biting off an ear, just where will this film rank on the Tarantino scale of insanity?

“I’d give it two ears, Christopher said with a laugh. “I’d start right there.”

Tarantino is tackling some sensitive subjects in “Django Unchained,” chief among them being racism and slavery. We’ve heard in the past from cast members that Tarantino avoids being too controversial with a capable hand, but we wanted to hear that verification from Christopher as well.

“His weapons are truth and humor and — this sounds so sappy — he has the most open heart there is, so there’s kind of no room for racism,” Christopher explained. “[Tarantino is] so focused, so full of joy, so ready to pass on the energy and the love of making movies to everyone on the set. It was an amazing, amazing experience, and I can only imagine how brilliant the movie is.”

“Django Unchained” focuses on the partnership of Jamie Foxx’s Django and Christoph Waltz’s Schultz. Schultz purchases Django with plans to free him upon catching his quarry, but Django’s primary goal is rescuing his wife Broomhilda. Their hunt leads them to “Candyland,” a plantation where slaves are forced to fight one another for sport by their owner, Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), and his slave trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell). It’s there that they arouse the suspicions of Candy’s most trusted slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) and find themselves marks as they try to get Broomhilda out safely.”

Tarantino’s latest also stars Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, Tom Savini, Jonah Hill and many more. It’s due in theaters on Christmas Day.

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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