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Djimon Hounsou to be on the side of the angels in “Paradise Lost”

Djimon Hounsou to be on the side of the angels in “Paradise Lost” (photo)

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After over 300 years of experiencing “Paradise Lost” as nothing more than a musty tome of epic poetry, come next year audiences will finally get to experience the story as John Milton meant for it to be told: As a big-budget, stylized special effects bonanza with Bradley Cooper and Ben Walker fighting each other in motion capture suits. As if that wasn’t enough, Djimon Hounsou will also be strapping on a suit covered in ping-pong balls as he takes on the role of the angel Abdiel.

The news comes from Variety, where Abdiel is described as “the angel of death.” That role deviates significantly from what we remember from our 11th grade English class, however, so we went to check it all out at the font from which all literary knowledge springs: SparkNotes. There, the Abdiel of “Paradise Lost” was described thusly:

“An angel who at first considers joining Satan in rebellion but argues against Satan and the rebel angels and returns to God. His character demonstrates the power of repentance.”

Whatever Abdiel ends up being the angel of though, we’ll be able to look forward to a totally badass portrayal courtesy of Mr. Hounsou. We like to think that the movie was pitched to him as “‘Never Back Down’ but with angels,” which honestly, sounds pretty neat to us.

What do you think about the most recent “Paradise Lost” casting news? Do you buy Djimon Hounsou as the angel of death? 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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