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Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” recruits Max Irons for alien invasion pic

Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” recruits Max Irons for alien invasion pic (photo)

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Maybe I was a bit too rash in complaining how long the casting process for “The Host” was taking earlier this week. Just a day after Jake Abel was cast as Ian in the upcoming adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s stand-alone sci-fi novel, it was announced that “Red Riding Hood” star Max Irons (aka the son of Jeremy Irons) had landed the other male lead in the film.

Entertainment Weekly learned that Irons would be playing Jared Howe, one of two romantic leads in the movie (what would a Stephenie Meyer novel be without a hefty love triangle, after all). He will portray the boyfriend of Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), a human who is taken over by an alien named Wanderer in this post-alien invasion story. The aliens, known as “souls,” take over the personalities of their victims, but somehow Melanie is able to resist and exists alongside Wanderer in her body. Since the story is told from Wanderer’s perspective, it ends up leading to some interesting romantic tension.

It will be exciting to see how Ronan and director Andrew Niccol portray the dueling personalities within Melanie’s body in this film. It was easy to differentiate them in the novel because the story was told from Wanderer’s first-person perspective, but that’s not as simple to do on the big screen. Ronan certainly is an actress capable of that type of challenge, but it will be a treat to see what sort of visual and story-telling tricks Niccol uses to differentiate the characters’ personalities.

Filming is set to start in Louisiana in February and then move to New Mexico. “The Host” currently has a March 29, 2013 release date.

Do you think Max Irons is a good choice to play Jared? Is this a film you’re looking forward to? Tell us in the comments section 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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