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Security Alert! Mall Cops Are Running Wild on Studio Lots

The success of ''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'' has Tinseltown ready to capitalize with a slew of similar new projects

Hollywood has found its next marketable archetype, a species known as the shopping-center security guard. Kevin James' Paul Blart: Mall Cop recently bowed to $39.2 million, putting the heat on Seth Rogen's similar-themed Observe and Report (out April 10), while Fox just picked up a mall-cop comedy pilot. Perhaps in this economy, Hollywood wants to give some mundane occupations a second look. Hey, James Bond may not seem so tough once we learn what court stenographers really do in their off-hours.

Originally posted Jan 23, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints
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