With Kevin Smith now talking for hours every single day on his own podcast internet station called S.I.R., things have obviously gotten pretty hectic for the soon-to-be-retired filmmaker. Hectic enough that he’s taken to Twitter to do a little haphazard casting. Wednesday, a fan asked Smith about Colin Hanks and Smith threw out the notion that he wanted the actor (best known for roles in Orange County, King Kong and the TV show The Good Guys) to appear in the upcoming hockey comedy Hit Somebody. Hanks, a big tweeter himself, saw the mention and let Smith know “if you’re serious count me in.” And just like that, Smith might have another addition to his ever expanding and impressive cast. Read More »

Despite the title of his personal blog, things are rarely boring in the live of Kevin Smith. He’s about to finish the first leg of a very successful run of screenings for his new film Red State and on Sunday, April 10 he’ll host Kevin Smith Sells Out in Pasadena, CA where they’ll auction off props from many of his earlier films. “In essence, I’ve gotta sell the past if I wanna pay for the future,” Smith said in a press release when he first announced the auction in February. Smith will be on hand during the auction recording a live podcast.

Besides that huge event, Smith has released yet another full scene from what he says will be his final film as a director, the hockey dramedy Hit Somebody, set to star Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner, Michael Angarano and possibly Stephen Root, John Goodman and Melissa Leo. Read how you can get in on the bidding, both in person and online, as well as the full scene after the jump. Read More »

Kevin Smith and hockey go together like, well, Kevin Smith and New Jersey. The filmmaker is a huge fan of the sport and works it into his films whenever he can, such as in the first Clerks and in Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Once Smith has finished promoting and showing off his latest film, Red State, he’ll write and direct one more movie before retiring and it’s fitting that his final film will be a hockey movie. It’s called Hit Somebody and is based on the song of the same name by Warren Zevon and Mitch Albom. It’ll star Nicholas Braun as Buddy McCracken, a tough hockey player who just wants to score one goal in a game. Other hockey players will be played by Braun’s Red State co-stars Kyle Gallner and Michael Angarano while his coach, Blue Jay Jennings, will – most likely – be played by John Goodman.

Smith posted a scene from the current draft of the script that features Coach Jennings with a much younger version of Buddy. You can read it after the jump. Read More »

Today Kevin Smith did a one-hour live chat with MTV — his first major bit of non-twitter promotion since Red State debuted at Sundance. Quite a few topics were covered, but a couple of the notable mentions had to do with Hit Somebody. That’s the hockey film the director plans to make next — and also the last film he plans to direct — which he likens to the Muppet Movie, by virtue of the fact that there is room for a ton of cameos. As a result, he talks about bringing back everyone he’s ever worked with (“I’m not even ruling out [Bruce] Willis at this point. I’d duck, but I’d put a stick in Willis’ hand”) including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Read More »

The closing title card of Kevin Smith‘s upcoming horror film Red State promises that “almost this entire cast will return in Hit Somebody.” We’ve previously told you about what roles Michael Parks, John Goodman and Melissa Leo would play if they return for Smith’s Hockey movie. Now Smith confirms that he also wants Red State co-star Michael Angarano as part of his team.

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Kevin Smith has unveiled the final credit card of his upcoming horror film Red State, which promises that “almost this entire cast will return in Hit Somebody.”
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UPDATE: Kevin Smith tweeted that the character Gallner is playing is a “Gretzky-Like character, not actually Gretzky.” The original story follows below, with that addendum made.

Anybody who knows anything about Kevin Smith knows that Kevin Smith is a massive hockey fan. He’s also a massive Wayne Gretzky fan. So the news that Smith has cast Kyle Gallner to play someone akin to The Great One in his upcoming hockey film Hit Somebody is just about the biggest compliment Smith could pay the young actor.

Gallner just finished working with Smith on Red State and also had significant parts in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake and Jennifer’s Body to go along with an extensive TV resume (Big Love, Veronica Mars, etc.) But how does this Gretzky-like figure play into Smith’s upcoming hockey film starring another Red State alum Nicholas Braun? Find out after the jump. Read More »

When Peter recently corresponded with Kevin Smith about recent quotes concerning the future of the filmmaker’s career, Mr. Smith said that he was about to announce the lead of his hockey comedy Hit Somebody. Indeed, today he posted the fourteenth episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, during which he announced that Nicholas Braun, who was in Sky High and the 10 Things I Hate About You series, and also appears in Red State, has the lead in the hockey film. Read More »

Is Kevin Smith planning to retire from filmmaking following his announced hockey film Hit Somebody and a third and final Clerks movie? A few of the blogs are reporting on a selected comment made by Smith from an interview published in this week’s Boston Phoenix (found via NerdBastards).  Here is what Smith told interviewer Barry Thompson:

“Red State is done. Next step is the hockey movie, Hit Somebody. Then I’m done. There’s possibly a Clerks 3. If I have something to say in my late 40s about being in my late 40s, I’ll think of [Clerks’] Dante and Randal. Shy of that, I don’t have any more movies I want to make.”

We decided to contact Smith to see if the quote might have been taken out of context, and find out the real story direct from Silent Bob himself. Smith has given us permission to reprint his response on the site.

In addition to his “retirement” response, Smith gives us a couple tidbits: The lead for Hit Somebody will be announced on Monday and the surprising revelation of how Smith hopes to secure a distributor for his finished indie horror film Red State. Read the full response, after the jump.

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Recently it was announced that Seann William Scott was in line to star alongside Jay Baruchel in the hockey comedy Goon (not to be confused with the David Fincher-produced comic book adaptation The Goon), which is being developed by Baruchel alongside writing collaborator Evan Goldberg. What wasn’t clear from the announcement is what sort of conflict the casting might pose for Kevin Smith‘s hockey comedy Hit Somebody, in which Scott is also meant to star.

Now Smith has responded to the prospective development in a series of tweets, and he doesn’t sound too hopeful. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »