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Despite much excitement over the opportunity to direct a film, Matt Damon has decided to pass off directing responsibilities for the upcoming untitled flick he co-wrote with John Krasinski. Meanwhile, Bret McKenzie teases his "The Hobbit" cameo, Kevin Smith updates fans on "Hit Somebody" and Emma Stone finds a "Little White Corvette."

Today is January 5, and you're tuning into today's daily news round up.

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Kevin Smith might have been calling "Hit Somebody" his "hockey movie," but when he chatted with MTV News recently, he was quick to clarify that it's much more than just that.

"Now I understand some people are like, 'Dude, one hockey movie is a tough sell. Two?' I call it a hockey movie in the same way I've been calling 'Red State' a horror movie, and then people see 'Red State' and are like, 'That's not a horror movie.' Well, I don't know what else to call it," he explained. "Trust me though, it ain't a hockey movie. It's about so much more."

It at least had a big enough story that he felt he needed to split what was to be his last movie as a director into his last two movies as a director.

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Arrested DevelopmentThe Bluths are (hopefully) headed to Hollywood, in more ways than one.

Screen Rant reports on what they're describing as a rumored plot for the long-anticipated "Arrested Development" movie, though whether it is the official plot remains to be seen (there should be an announcement within the next month to confirm this, the site reports). Though it's only a rumor right now, it's certainly a fun one.

According to the report, the movie follows the Bluth clan's attempts to make their own movie about their lives to compete with one narrator Ron Howard is working on. Based on Maeby's experience in the film industry, they might actually have a chance of pulling it off.

Check out the rest of today's film news after the jump!

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Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift and Zac Efron are falling in love -- but before you get too excited, it's just for the movies!

Coming Soon has the news that the two musicians/actors are set to star in the upcoming Universal adaptation of Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax." Efron will play the film's lead, a boy named Ted who is searching for the one thing that will allow him to win the girl of his dreams. Swift will play the girl, named Audrey. In addition to the two of them, Danny Devito will voice the titular Lorax, Ed Helms is the the Once-let, Rob Riggle is financial king O'Hare, and Betty White is Ted's Grammy Norma. The flick is set for release on March 2, 2012.

After the jump, find out which two major actors have joined Keira Knightly in the adaptation of "Anna Karenina" and who will be playing Clark Kent's father in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel."

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It's sad but true, folks: Kevin Smith is leaving the game once he's finished with "Hit Somebody."

At the very least, the hockey film will be Smith's last turn as a director, according to the filmmaker himself. Smith reaffirmed his decision to stop directing movies after "Hit Somebody" during his appearance on MTV News earlier this week, and his reasoning is certainly solid: according to Smith, this is going to be the movie that sums up his entire career.

"This is going to sum it all up, everything I've done," he explained. "I'll try and put everyone who's worked with us over the years in the flick."

So, just who is everyone? To quote Gary Oldmaneveryone!

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Kevin Smith's now-infamous "Red State" post-screening antics, in which he announced he was buying back his film to distribute on his own, was the talk of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. But some of his "Red State" cast members opted to talk about Smith's next (and allegedly, final) project instead, "Hit Somebody."

During the "Red State" shoot, Smith talked with some of his young actors about appearing in the upcoming project, which is based on the Warren Zevon hockey ode of the same name. Nicholas Braun is playing the lead role of hit-happy Buddy McCracken and Kyle Gallner will portray a Gretzky-like hockey wiz. And correct us if we're wrong, but we don't believe Michael Angarano's involvement with the project has been previously reported. Until now.

"[Kevin"] said, 'Learn how to skate and learn how to speak in a Russian accent," Angarano told us.

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Kevin SmithDespite having penned some seriously bleak subject matter in the pages of his comic books, Kevin Smith isn't exactly known for creating terrifying film fare — but his reputation is about to go down that dark path, thanks to a little horror project called "Red State."

The outspoken filmmaker took to his Twitter feed this morning to reveal that "Red State," a horror movie that Smith has championed since 2007, will begin shooting in July. Smith also revealed that he's currently in the process of writing the script for "Hit Somebody," which he'll begin shooting with Seann William Scott after wrapping production on "Red State."

"I talk about lots of stuff I wanna do that either happens years later or never happens at all," he wrote. "Happy to report 'Red State' is not the latter." Read More...

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DESCWhen Seann William Scott spoke with MTV News about rejoining the "American Pie" franchise, he expressed some concern that he'll be remembered forever as Steve Stifler, the raunchy prankster that launched Scott to stardom. But the actor has some other tricks in his playbook that he's yet to unleash, and with the help of his "Cop Out" director, he might just get to "Hit Somebody."

Speaking with MTV's Josh Horowitz, Scott confirmed the recent news that he'll star in "Hit Somebody" for Kevin Smith. The role would see Scott playing Buddy, a hockey enforcer striving to score just one goal in a hockey game. Read More...

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Today's Twitter-Wood came under duress, as TwitPic.com was down for a while, and I wasn't sure where the Twitter Pic of the Day was going to come from. Luckily, everything worked out and I didn't have to make a blind decision. That means I've fully vetted today's shot of John Travolta at the opening for "From Paris With Love," Jason Reitman's view of Oprah's birthday celebration and Jackie Earle Haley's photo opp at Golden Ear Park.

The feed also brought a status update from Kevin Smith on his film "Hit Somebody," which is based on one of my all-time favorite Warren Zevon songs, a few more thoughts on J.D. Salinger's passing and a pre-date dilemma from Diablo Cody. Check it all out and find out who was backstage at the Grammy Awards yesterday in Twitter-Wood for January 29, 2010. Read More...

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To my mind, one of the coolest trends in movies these days is the wacky collaborations that keep making the news. Michel Gondry, Seth Rogen and "The Green Hornet"? Kenneth Branagh and "Thor"? Add another unlikely, though definitely dynamic, duo to the group: Kevin Smith and Mitch Albom.

The "Clerks" director and the "Tuesdays with Morrie" author will be teaming up for a movie adaptation of the Warren Zevon song, "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)."

You heard that right. Nothing in the previous sentence is a typo. This mad scientist alliance is happening, as Smith exclusively revealed to MTV News, and he’s pumped up about it.

Zevon, for those not in the know, was a rock ‘n' roll singer-songwriter whose hit 1978 album "Excitable Boy" went platinum. The track "Werewolves of London"? That be Zevon. He died of cancer in 2003. A year before his death, Zevon and Albom, who’s a longtime hockey buff and former sports writer for the Detroit Free Press, decided to write a song together. Albom composed the lyrics, Zevon took care of the music, and together they came up with “Hit Somebody,” an organ-driven story in song that’s reminiscent of work by Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and Randy Newman.

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