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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.

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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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