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Mintz-Plasse says ‘Kick-Ass 2’ may be coming » Christopher Mintz-Plasse has spread the word at Comic-Con: a sequel to "Kick-Ass" appears to be on the way.

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The co-star of the 2010 action comedy said Friday that "Kick-Ass 2" looks as though "it’s going to happen."

Mintz-Plasse says shooting might begin in September.

The actor dropped the news during a panel to promote "ParaNorman," an animated horror comedy featuring the voices of Mintz-Plasse, Kodi Smith-McPhee and Anna Kendrick that opens in August.

At the end of "Kick-Ass," Mintz-Plasse’s wealthy young comic-book devotee was left on the verge of entering the super-villain business against the film’s star, Aaron Johnson, who plays another youth gaining fame as a superhero.

‘Community’ producers won’t ‘screw up’ 4th season » Despite a shake-up in the administration, the cast and crew of "Community" assured fans at Comic-Con that the show isn’t changing.

Friday morning’s "Community" panel at the pop-culture convention was the first opportunity for the NBC comedy’s cast and crew to address fans since the show’s creator, Dan Harmon, was replaced as show runner by new executive producers David Guarascio and Moses Port.

Port told the crowd that the cult comedy about a wacky community college study group would continue to be a "weird, wonderful gem."

"We are fans of the show first and observed it from afar," said Port, who previously worked with Guarascio on ABC’s "Happy Endings."


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"We’re not gonna screw it up," added Guarascio.

"Community" cast members Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi and Yvette Nicole Brown were on hand for the panel, while their colleagues Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong and Chevy Chase were not.

Earlier this year a clash between Chase and Harmon became public when Harmon released voicemails from the actor. Chase said in one message that "Community" was a "mediocre sitcom" that was "not my kind of comedy."

Harmon later apologized on his Tumblr page for sharing the voicemails.

About 5,000 con-goers packed into a San Diego Convention Center ballroom for Friday’s panel.

"We may not win Emmys or even be nominated for them, but we win every fan poll, and that is because of you guys," Jacobs beamed to the crowd.

The writers and producers teased that the upcoming fourth season would see the study group venturing into the zany mansion of Chase’s Pierce and to a convention for "Inspector Space Time," the show’s beloved "Doctor Who" parody. Port also said "Community" would again feature "a little inventive animation."

The ratings-challenged show is moving to Fridays when the fourth season premieres Oct. 19.

‘ParaNorman’ conjures up zombies at Comic-Con » The makers of the animated tale "ParaNorman" like to think of their film in terms of odd combinations. Horror and comedy. John Carpenter meets John Hughes. "The Breakfast Club" meets "The Fog."

Or, as writer-director Christ Butler told a crowd Friday at the Comic-Con fan convention, "a zombie movie for kids. Why not?"

Opening Aug. 17, "ParaNorman" tells the story of a boy whose ability to talk to the dead makes him the best hope to save his town after a witch’s curse raises an army of zombies. With a voice cast that includes Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, "ParaNorman" comes from the makers of the 2009 animated adventure "Coraline."

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