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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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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…