An Australian judge has ordered Nicole Kidman and two freelance photographers to play nice and sort out their problems like "intelligent people."

Last month, Kidman obtained temporary restraining orders against shutterbugs Jamie Fawcett and Ben MacDonald, after complaining that they were staking out her harborside mansion in Sydney and making her feel like a prisoner in her own home.

Kidman also accused the photographers of planting a listening device that was discovered on her property, ostensibly so that they could track her movements.

As a result, Magistrate Lee Gilmour of Sydney's Waverley Local Court barred Fawcett and MacDonald from coming within 66 feet of the stately Moulin Rouge star or her residence.

The photogs objected to the keep-away orders, stating that they were only trying to make a living by capturing Kidman on film. They denied involvement with the bugging of the actor's property.

The temporary restraining orders against Fawcett and MacDonald expired Friday, and Gilmour elected not to make them permanent, provided the photographers agreed not to stalk or harass Kidman.

"There's no issue that these gentlemen are quite entitled to go about their business, and Ms. Kidman seems able to accept that," Gilmour said.

Fawcett agreed not to take photos of the Oscar-winning star within 550 yards of her home. The conditions of MacDonald's agreement were not outlined in court, but his lawyer said they were similar.

Gilmour gave the photographers a three-week period to try out the new conditions. She warned them that strict new orders would be imposed if the conditions were violated.

"They will be so strict that you can forget Ms. Kidman," the judge said.

The photographers are due back in court on Mar. 3. Kidman did not attend either hearing.

Meanwhile, it's unclear how much longer Kidman will be hanging around Down Under.

The actor returned to Australia in January to shoot romance pic (Eucalyptus) with Russell Crowe. However, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced Friday that production on the film has been pushed off indefinitely because the script was reportedly not up to snuff.

Kidman, Crowe, writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Uberto Pasolini issued a collaborative statement on the postponement.

"Despite everyone's efforts during recent days and weeks, the script of Eucalyptus needs more work. Unfortunately, our availability prohibits us from completing this work at this time," the statement read. "Therefore, we have agreed that the best thing to do is to postpone shooting until the project's foundation is solid."

Shooting was scheduled to begin Monday.

Despite the felling of Eucalyptus, Kidman has a busy slate ahead. The thesp recently wrapped production on a Sydney Pollack thriller, The Interpreter, with Sean Penn and a the big-screen update of Bewitched with Will Ferrell.

Still ahead, she'll appear with Jennifer Lopez in the musical drama American Darlings, star in the drama Emma's War and head up the comedy Wedding Season.

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