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“The Host” photos introduce Jake Abel as love interest Ian


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Slowly and steadily, we’re getting a good look at what we can expect from “The Host.”

The first teaser trailer for the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s foray into the sci-fi genre didn’t show us much of the actual film. Instead, it set up a world where humanity had been taken over by a race of aliens known as Souls who invade our bodies and get rid of all of our desire to fight and war. But one Soul named Wanderer begins to empathize with the enslaved humans, and ends up going to meet up with them in their rebel camp.

It’s that setting — a giant cavern in the middle of an Arizona desert — that we’re most interested to see. Some sites were lucky enough to visit the set and tease us with a glimpse of the massive set piece. It’s there that Wanderer meets three of the most important characters in “The Host”: Jared, the boyfriend of the woman whose body she has captured; Jeb, the woman’s eccentric uncle; and Ian, a human that she falls in love with all on her own.

The catch to this story is that the human Wanderer is attached to, Melanie Stryder, is still aware of her surroundings. Typically when Souls are placed in a person’s brain, they wipe out — or at least subdue — the human’s personality. Not so with Melanie, which leads to some interesting romantic tension between Wanderer/Melanie, Jared and Ian.

Entertainment Weekly has released two new images that introduce us to Ian. Jake Abel was cast in the role back in November, and ever since we’ve been wondering how he’d look in character. We already got a tease of Max Irons as Jared back when the trailer was first released.

Saoirse Ronan of course looks fantastic as Wanderer/Melanie in these pictures as well. “The Host” is going to ask for a complicated performance from its leading lady, and Ronan seems like the best person to be up for the challenge. Now we just need a longer trailer that shows us some of the set pieces from the movie to give us a good sense of how “The Host” will look — and sate our curiosity.

What did you think of these new two images? Are you excited for “The Host” to hit theaters? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

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…


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.


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.