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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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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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