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“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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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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