“The Host” teaser trailer offers first look at Stephenie Meyer’s adult sci-fi flick


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Forget “Twilight” and your notions of Stephenie Meyer, because “The Host” might change some of those when it comes out March 29, 2013. The first teaser for the film — which stars Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and Max Irons — has hit the web and, though it seems a little corny at first glance, does a good job of setting up the story.

“The Host” takes place in the future when an alien race called Souls has taken over Earth. Melanie Stryder (Ronan) is one of the last remaining humans who hasn’t been possessed by these beings, but ends up being taken over by a Soul known as Wanderer. Wanderer — or Wanda — and Melanie battle for possession over Melanie’s body, and Wanda ends up becoming convinced to help Melanie find her uncle and boyfriend, who have started a rebel resistance group in the desert. Wanda slowly starts to empathize with the humans that her kind have invaded, and decides to help the humans end the Soul takeover.

Sure, the story is just a riff off a familiar genre. It’s “Invaders of the Body Snatchers,” but with a twist. The aliens invade Earth and take over humanity, but in doing so (as Ronan explains in this voice over) the planet is at peace. The invaders don’t fight, or feel hatred, or have wars. The irony of “The Host” is in this fact, as the Earth is finally at peace without human kind.

And, as is the case with Meyer’s stories, there is a romance at the center of the film. Melanie has her boyfriend Jared (Irons) while Wanda starts to fall for another rebel named Ian (Jake Abel). It certainly adds a different dynamic to the whole love triangle spiel when both Melanie and Wanda inhabit the same body.

Ronan, who has repeatedly proved herself as an actress, seems more than capable to handle this role that could be both tricky and corny. And director Andrew Niccol has done a great job with the sci-fi genre in the past (hello, “Gattaca”) even though he struck out with the recent “in Time.” “The Host” was a far better novel than any of the “Twilight” books (though it has a similarly terrible ending that was hopefully rectified in the film), so there’s a chance that this could actually be a pretty great film.

Also, if you want a better look at the actual film (as the teaser doesn’t have any real footage), People has some great new photos of some scenes between Irons and Ronan.

What are your first thoughts of “The Host’s” teaser trailer? 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.


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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