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Kevin James likes idea of filming 'Mall Cop 2' in Mall of America

Could Paul Blart be coming to the Mall of America? Kevin James, who visited the mall recently to promote his new movie "Here Comes the Boom," likes the idea of it and says "it very possibly could be happening."
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By Tim Lammers

Could Paul Blart be coming to the Mall of America? Kevin James, who visited the mall recently to promote his new movie comedy "Here Comes the Boom," likes the idea of filming a sequel there to his 2009 hit "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."

"You have the best mall. The best mall in America," James told me in an interview for KARE 11. "So it very possibly could be happening."

See video of the interview with James and his "Boom" co-star, Bas Rutten, below.

James also talked with Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press while he was in town. Hewitt praised "Here Comes the Boom" in this weekend's local critics review round-up.

If James' Mall of America idea works out for "Mall Cop 2," it wouldn't be the first time a movie production would be filmed there. Arnold Schwarzenegger's holiday comedy "Jingle All the Way" filmed there in 1996.

Schwarzenegger also recently made a return trip to the mall to promote his new memoir.

Meanwhile, if you can't want to wait for James to bring a movie production to Minnesota, you can see some locally-produced entries in the Twin Cities Film Fest, which runs through Oct. 20.

Bring Me The News news curator Tim Lammers is also a nationally-syndicated movie journalist whose work appears on more than 50 TV affiliate web sites in the U.S. Tim has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career, and locally, he reviews films on KARE 11 News at 11 and WCCO Radio. Tim's work is also featured on his website, StrictlyCinema.com.

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