Published on March 17th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Ellar Coltrane On His New Film “Shoplifters Of The World,” The Smiths, Future Projects & More

Due out in theaters and via on-demand and digital outlets on March 26, 2021, Shoplifters Of The World was written and directed by Stephen Kijak (We Are X, Stones In Exile, Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of). The film is set within the summer of 1987 when 4 friends — reeling from the sudden break-up of the iconic British band The Smiths — embark on a night out of partying to mourn their musical loss. At the same time, an impassioned Smiths fan takes a local radio DJ hostage at gunpoint and forces him to play nothing but Smiths tracks. With the radio station playing as the soundtrack to their night, the friends go on a self-discovery journey that will transform them forever.

Beyond an excellent soundtrack — which includes 20 songs from The Smiths – Shoplifters Of The World features a dynamic cast. It stars Helena Howard (Amazon’s The Wilds, Madeline’s Madeline), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood, Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird), Elena Kampouris (Children Of The Corn, Sacred Lies), Nick Krause (Boyhood, The Descendants) and James Bloor (Nat Geo’s Barkskins) with appearances by Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, Night At The Museum) and Joe Manganiello (HBO’s True Blood, Magic Mike).

The aforementioned Ellar Coltrane spoke with me via Zoom on March 17, 2021, as embedded below. We spoke about Shoplifters Of The World, The Smiths, future projects, Austin and plenty more within our discussion. Additional information on Coltrane can be found at, while more about Shoplifters Of The World is available online here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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