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Jake Abel joins cast of Stephenie Meyer alien flick “The Host”

Jake Abel joins cast of Stephenie Meyer alien flick “The Host” (photo)

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Was I alone in forgetting that the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s only non-“Twilight” novel, “The Host,” has even been casting? The movie was first announced back in 2009, but didn’t get any forward momentum until earlier this year. In February, it landed “Nanny McPhee Returns” director Susanna White as its director, and then found its leading lady in June in the form of Saoirse Ronan. Shortly thereafter, it was given a release date of March 29, 2013.

After five months of silence, the casting process continues to take shape. Deadline reports that Jake Abel, best known for his role as Luke in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” has been cast as Ian in the upcoming sci-fi flick. He plays the love interest of Wanderer, an alien who takes possession of a woman named Melanie’s body in the story. The role of Melanie’s pre-takeover boyfriend, Jared, has yet to be cast.

There should be good chemistry between Ronan and Abel because they previously worked together on “The Lovely Bones.” In that film, Abel accidentally beats up one of the main characters because he thinks he’s trying to assault his girlfriend. His “The Host” character Ian similarly beats Wanderer because he thinks she is evil like he perceives the rest of the aliens, but then slowly falls in love with her.

There still is the casting for Jared to complete. Variety reports that the shortlist for that role includes Liam Hemsworth, Kit Harington, Jai Courtney and Max Irons. Hopefully an announcement for that film will come over the next few weeks.

Do you think Abel is a good fit for Ian? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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