What, you expected something different? Nicole Kidman has spoken with Entertainment Weekly (and by extension The Sydney Herald), seemingly to quell a firestorm that I didn't even know was raging -- concerns that New Line's The Golden Compass will upset Catholics. Kidman strongly suggests to EW that the film adaption of Philip Pullman's blatantly anti-theistic His Dark Materials books will not retain material that would upset religious folks. She says the religious message put forth in the film version of The Golden Compass "has been watered down a little," and she goes on to say that "I was raised Catholic, the Catholic Church is part of my essence. I wouldn't be able to do this film if I thought it were at all anti-Catholic." So in other words, 'nothing interesting to see here -- move on.' This movie just continues to fall lower and lower on my 'to see' list.

In other Kidman news, she's faced with a real career speedbump after The Invasion made only about one-third of her $17 million paycheck in its opening weekend. The film was released in a state of complete disrepair, with unfinished scenes, bizarre flashbacks to action scenes that hadn't happened yet, action-scenes staged with total incompetence, a completely stupid political subtext and an ending that's money-back terrible. I think it's safe to say that Kidman's priorities and choices are completely off-the-wall these days, but here's hoping she pulls it together and maybe gets herself a new agent -- the one she has isn't doing her any favors.