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2011 Comic-Con: ‘Always Sunny In Philly’

Deadline Comic-Con TV corresondent Gary Hodges files:

One of the last panels of the day in Hall H was It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) started a bit late, pushed back by panels like Doctor Who (BBC America) and The Cleveland Show (FOX) that had run a bit long. Nobody seemed to care: Always Sunny has been well-received by the Comic-Con crowd in the past, and this year was no exception. It opened with a screening of an episode from the upcoming season, “Frank’s Pretty Woman.” In it, Frank has a new “girlfriend”: a prostitute named Roxy. The gang is horrified; Charlie asks “You’re dating a prostitute?” “Not for long,” says Frank. “I’m going to make that whore my wife!”

From there the show splits into a few different directions: Charlie wants to help Frank realize he doesn’t have to pay for companionship, Dennis and Mac explore life treating their bodies however they like (Mac has gotten fat, and Dennis misses crack terribly after his brief experiences with it), and Dee tries to reform Roxy, but begins to see the hooker’s life as glamorous. Without spoiling anything, the highlights would include Charlie projectile vomiting what looks like thick geysers of blood into people’s faces, Mac – diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes – giving himself insulin shots in his fat belly as he eats chimichangas, and Frank’s proposal to Roxy: “Roxy, you are good shit, but I want to make this legit.” Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman plays over the end credits, in a scene that’s both deranged and hysterical.

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2011 Comic-Con: Which Film Will Deliver?

Deadline Comic-Con film correspondent Luke Y Thompson files:

If Comic-Cons can be said to have a theme, this year’s which began Wednesday is “free-for-all.” Usually, there is one property that is expected to dominate (IRON MAN and TRON LEGACY have been there, done that) and one that upsets (300, SIN CITY). This year, with AVENGERS unexpectedly not doing a presentation – though they have a giant set in the main hall with the logo for photo ops – it’s a wide-open field. TWILIGHT will of course be huge with a very particular segment of the audience, and Universal’s new SNOW WHITE may persuade those fans to stick around. REAL STEEL dominates the banners that hang from lamp-posts, and while that’s not doing a formal presentation either, Comic-Con attendees just might want to follow @realsteelmovie on Twitter. And maybe @RealHughJackman too.

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE has the potential to be something truly nuts, but THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a question mark. With a high-quality trailer already leaked, some of the wind is out of its sails. The trailer looks fine, and surprisingly Fincher-esque coming from the director of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER. But it feels redundant: that same origin tale again, and so soon that there’s a disconnect – my eyes expect Emma Stone’s face to be Bryce Dallas Howard’s each time Gwen Stacy shows up.

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