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The Smiths Drama ‘Shoplifters of the World’ Scores U.S. Deal With RLJE Films (EXCLUSIVE)

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AMC Networks-owned RLJE Films has swooped for U.S. rights to “Shoplifters of the World.”

Inspired by true events, “Shoplifters of the World” is set over the course of one night in the life of four friends who are reeling from the sudden dissolution of British band The Smiths. The same evening, a local radio station is also hijacked by an armed, impassioned Smiths fan, resulting in a madcap evening that sends up the spirit of the 1980s.

Starring Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike”) as the radio DJ and Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) as the hijacker, the film also stars Helena Howard (“Madeline’s Madeline”) and Elena Kampouris (“Before I Fall”). “Shoplifters of the World” is written and directed by Stephen Kijak (“We Are X”) and also features 20 tracks from The Smiths.

The U.K.’s WestEnd Films, which is handling international rights, has also sold the film into Japan (Parco), China (Time-in-Portrait Entertainment), the Middle East (Front Row), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais), Turkey (Fabula) and Taiwan (B-Side Film). WestEnd is overseeing sales for the title at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The U.S. distribution deal was negotiated by Mark Ward and Jess De Leo at RLJE Films and the producers. RLJE Films, which recently distributed the Shia LaBeouf-starring “The Tax Collector,” is planning to release “Shoplifters” early next year.

CAA Media Finance helped to arrange financing on the film.

“With ‘Shoplifters of the World,’ Stephen Kijak brilliantly transports us right back to the 1980s with the amazing look of the film and the unbelievable soundtrack,” said Ward, chief acquisitions officer for RLJE Films. “We are incredibly excited to bring this story and these great performances to U.S. audiences in 2021.”

“Shoplifters of the World” is produced by Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister (“The Tale”), 3:59’s Joe and Nick Manganiello (“La Bare”) and Piccadilly Pictures’ Christopher Figg. Also producing are Phil Hoelting, Adam Schoon and Lorianne Hall. Robert Whitehouse and Dawn Bierschwal from Piccadilly Pictures are executive producing.

WestEnd Films’ TIFF slate also includes Pierce Brosnan-starrer “The Last Rifleman,” Frieda Pinto and Constance Wu’s “Mr. Malcolm’s List” and the Ewan McGregor-led “The Cow.”

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Is Jimmy Kimmel Live new tonight, September 15?

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the end of guest hosts for this summer. So expect Jimmy Kimmel to be back on the job when the show returns.

Are you disappointed by this news? Will you still tune in to see the rerun? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Stephen Colbert counters Joe Rogan’s debate offer to Trump and Biden

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Stephen Colbert wants to moderate a debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

We are just two weeks out from the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in what should be an interesting night of television. Stephen Colbert has his own ideas on how to spice up the debates even more after hearing Joe Rogan offer to do the same.

Rogan recently stated he would be open to moderating a debate on his podcast between President Trump and former Vice President Biden. The president tweeted his support for the idea, indicating that he would be receptive to the unique format.

And while the debates have already been scheduled and the likelihood of the candidates getting the Joe Rogan experience are minuscule, that isn’t stopping other entertainers from making counteroffers. First in line is Late Show host Stephen Colbert.

Colbert outlined his plan for a debate that would blow Rogan’s out of the water. Knowing how much President Trump cares about ratings, he may find it hard to pass on Colbert’s offer.

Stephen Colbert goes all out in his debate offer to President Trump and Vice President Biden

A presidential candidate joining a popular podcast like “The Joe Rogan Experience” or “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” isn’t a crazy idea. It is no different from appearing on a late-night show or any other media format. But for anyone who realistically expects President Trump and Vice President Biden to hold a debate on a podcast is in for a reality check.

That is the idea behind Stephen Colbert’s offer being so outlandish. In case you didn’t catch all of it, here is the Late Show host’s offer to the two candidates:

It would be eight hours, locked room, no names, no cameras, only one boardwalk caricature artist. Winner is whichever candidate has the biggest head. Let me sweeten the pot a little bit gentlemen. I’m talking one stage, one podium, on wheels, zips back and forth. Two competitors, two shields. One man has a sword, the other one has a net and a trident. One hungry lion in a Coloseum. Each man will get 30 minutes to make one meal from the ingridients found in our mystery basket.

The closest we’ll get to a scene like this is a parody from Saturday Night Live next month. Instead, we’ll see a debate that looks and sounds like all the others we’ve seen. Maybe in another four years Stephen Colbert and Joe Rogan will get a chance.

What did you think of Stephen Colbert’s monologue last night? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Is The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon new tonight, September 15?

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The Long Way Up.

Next up will be music icon Willie Nelson and his sister Bobbie Nelson. They’ll discuss their new book Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band.

Finally, The Tonight Show is capped off with a musical performance by Kesha. Her fourth studio album High Road was released earlier this year.

How to watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

If you’re a music fan or a motorcycle fan, then this is the show to catch. Here are all the details you need to watch the show:

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15
Start Time: 11:35 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. You can also watch on the NBC website or app.

Will you be watching The Tonight Show? Let us know in the comment section below. Be sure to check back tomorrow for all the highlights.

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