COMIC REEL: Abrams Checks In From "Star Wars" Set; "Kingsman: The Secret Service" Trailer

Wed, May 21st, 2014 at 8:51am PDT | Updated: May 21st, 2014 at 9:07am

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

STAR WARS

The official "Star Wars" YouTube channel has posted a message from J.J. Abrams on the set of "Episode VII" in Abu Dhabi, announcing the Force for Change charity movement, where fans can support UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs for a chance to be in the movie. Support the initiative over at Omaze.

Variety spoke with former Pinewood Studios executive VP and current executive director of Abu Dhabi's twofour54, who discussed the draw of the location for the "Star Wars" team.

"There’s a wide number of reasons why ‘Star Wars’ chose to shoot in Abu Dhabi. Obviously, straight off the bat, you’ve got to get the creative right,” Baker told Variety. “We have a great selection of locations that appeal to those guys. Then, there is everything else that falls into place: production infrastructure, crew, equipment suppliers, and obviously a big one in the rebate."

Opens December 18, 2015

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

The first trailer for "Kingsman: The Secret Service" has arrived, giving a never-before-seen look at the footage for the adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' "The Secret Service."

Opens October 24

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

The official "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Facebook page has posted a new silhouette poster of Leonardo for the new Jonathan Liebesman-directed film.

Opens August 8

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS

"Jem and the Holograms" already landed Juliette Lewis, and now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles" star Molly Ringwald will join the upcoming Hasbro adaptation. Considering both Ringwald and "Jem" are highly associated with the '80s, it could be a pretty good match.

iZOMBIE

Minor news for the CW's "iZombie" -- according to Deadline, Rob Thomas' adaptation of the Vertigo Comics series will recast Alexandra Krosney, who played Peyton, Liv's best friend and roommate. No information on who would replace Krosney -- if anyone -- was revealed.

HONEST "X-MEN"

The folks over at Honest Trailers took on the entire original "X-Men" trilogy. Decently funny stuff.

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TAGS:  star wars, star wars episode vii, kingsman the secret service, teenage mutant ninja turtles (film), jem and the holograms (film), izombie (tv)

 
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