Plus: the MTV Video Music Awards hit Miami, Martha Stewart is free at last and more

By People Staff
August 26, 2005 05:00 PM

The Russian tennis star vies for the top ladies’ spot in the tournament, starting Monday. PEOPLE takes a look at the Grand Slam event plus other happenings in the coming week:

SUNDAY, AUG. 28: As Katrina joins the party list at the MTV Video Music Awards, the big question is just how many A-listers will brave the hurricane as the show goes on in Miami. They may not arrive in yachts as planned, but nevertheless, expect the stars to bubble over in South Beach as Sean "Diddy" Combs hosts the affair. Green Day tops the nominations list with eight nods while Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott are both vying for six Moon Men. Other potential big winners: U2 (up for five), Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez and the Killers (each competing for four). And 50 Cent, Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson are among the performers. Meanwhile, the stakes are high to be the best-dressed person at the VMAs: Diddy is giving away $100,000 to his choice.

MONDAY, AUG. 29: Tennis fans can rejoice as 200 players begin making a racket at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. No. 1-ranked Russian star Maria Sharapova (who won Wimbledon in 2004) will stand her ground on the court while Serena and Venus Williams and Belgian Kim Clijsters will try to battle their way into the finals. Meanwhile, on the men’s side, defending champ Roger Federer will face heavy hitters like Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick. The two-week-long sports extravaganza, where $2.2 million in prize money is up for grabs, runs until Sept. 11.

FOX is getting a jump start on the fall TV season with the new drama Prison Break. The premise: Wentworth Miller (Mariah Carey s love interest in her videos “It’s Like That” and “We Belong Together”) plays structural engineer Michael Scofield, who robs a bank so that he can go to prison and bust his brother out of death row. His surefire strategy: his firm worked on the pen s design – which is now tattooed on his body. The two-hour premiere debuts at 9 p.m. ET.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31: And speaking of losing those prison blues, Martha Stewart will have her happy day when her home confinement comes to a close and she can bid bye-bye to the monitoring device on her ankle. The domestic doyenne told reporters at a press conference for her new daytime show Martha, which debuts Sept. 12, that she’s elated to begin her the post-house arrest phase of her life: “I’ve been so much looking forward to starting anew this September.”

Movies (now in theaters): The Brothers Grimm, starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger; Undiscovered, starring Ashlee Simpson; The Cave, starring Morris Chestnut and Eddie Cibrian

Music (in stores Tuesday): Kanye West, Late Registration; Eric Clapton, Back Home; Brooks & Dunn, Hillbilly Deluxe; Yolanda Adams, Day by Day; Death Cab for Cutie, Plans; 30 Seconds to Mars, A Beautiful Lie

DVDs (in stores Tuesday): Britney & Kevin: Chaotic; Monster-in-Law; Clueless: Whatever! Edition; The Blues Brothers: 25th Anniversary Edition; Almost Heroes