Here are some stuff and things for your (very cold, if you're on the East Coast) Wednesday:
-- Nicole Kidman may join Joaquin Phoenix in actor's retirement land real soon as she told press in Australia that she's not too sure she wants to keep going at it. Kidman says, "In terms of my future as an actor and stuff, I don't know. I am in a place in my life where ... I've had some great opportunities and I may just choose to have some more children. I've no idea what is in my future but I am very at peace with where I want to be. There are many things I want to do besides act." Like ... become the next Top Chef? Which is worse for Hollywood: The loss of Kidman or Phoenix ... or do you not care much either way?
-- The 2009 Sundance Film Festival has announced its opening film ... and it's a clay-animated feature starring the voices of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette. Directed by Adam Elliot, Mary and Max "follows a 20-year, pen-pal friendship between an 8-year-old girl in Melbourne and an obese, 42-year-old man in New York." Calm down Dateline, it's only a film! Sundance director Geoffrey Gilmore says, "This portrait of a global friendship between two marvelously dysfunctional people is an exceptionally moving, funny and thought-provoking work." [Variety]
-- If you've been wondering where The Soloist (starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.) has moved to, Variety reports that the current release date has been pushed to April 24 instead of March 13. In addition to this move, Paramount has shifted Paul Rudd's I Love You, Man from January 16 to March 20.
- Justin Chadwick has signed on to direct Ironbow: The Legend of William Tell for Spyglass. The film centers on "crossbow marksman who, when he would not bow to Austrian rule, was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head in exchange for freedom." [The Hollywood Reporter]
- 50 Cent has joined the cast of the British gangster flick Dead Man Running, which also stars Tamer Hassan, Danny Dyer, Brenda Blethyn and Monet Mazur. He'll play a ruthless loan shark. [THR]
- You can check out Robot Chicken's Star Wars, Episode II (which aired this week) over on the Adult Swim website. It's hella funny.
- Over on Spout, Lauren Wissot, in way too many words, tells us why Daniel Craig should get naked in the next Bond film.