Plus: Harry Potter due July 16, Anna and Enrique are single, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
December 23, 2004 12:00 PM

MARTHA TALKS: In a holiday message on her personal Web site, Martha Stewart, two months into her five-month prison sentence, asks Americans to give some thought this season to the many women she has met in prison “who have been here for years – devoid of care, devoid of love, devoid of family. I beseech you all to think about these women – to encourage the American people to ask for reforms, both in sentencing guidelines, in length of incarceration for nonviolent first-time offenders, and for those involved in drug-taking.” As for herself, the 63-year-old says she is “fine, really.”

POTTER PLANNED: Author J.K. Rowling announced that the sixth book in her teen wizard series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was finished, and her publisher said it will go on sale July 16, 2005 – skyrocketing the title to the top of the bestseller list based on its pre-orders. As for Tuesday s announcement, Rowling, 39, said: “I know you all expected this to happen on Christmas Day, but I was sure that those of you who celebrate Christmas have better things to do on the day itself than fight your way into my study, whereas those of you who DON’T celebrate Christmas would definitely prefer not to wait until the 25th.”

HAPPILY UNMARRIED: Anna Kournikova, 23, and Enrique Iglesias, 29, are not married, sources close to the tennis star told PEOPLE. Although published reports said the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony a few weeks ago in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the source said: “They definitely did not get married. They’re very happy together, but marriage is not something that they’re planning in their lives right now.”

BLAKE BLAMED: Robert Blake remained stone-faced as his trial for the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, got under way in a packed Los Angeles courtroom Monday – more than three and a half years after the 44-year-old was found shot in the family car outside a restaurant where the couple had just dined. Prosecutor Shellie Samuels said the former Baretta star “formulated a plan to kill Bonny and wanted to physically remove her from (their baby s ) life.” Blake’s attorney, Gerald Schwartzbach, declared: “There is no DNA, no hairs, fibers or fingerprints, and no eyewitnesses connecting Mr. Blake to the gun. He was not the shooter.”

BROLIN BUSTED: Actor Josh Brolin was arrested Sunday in the West Los Angeles home he shares with his wife of four months, Diane Lane, who phoned police claiming that he had hit her, L.A. police officer Grace Brady told New York’s Daily News. Brolin, 36, was charged with spousal battery and released after posting $20,000 bail, said Kelly Bush, a spokeswoman for the couple, who called the incident “a misunderstanding at their home.” She added: “Diane did not want to press charges and asked them not to arrest him, but in cases involving the possibility of any physical contact, the police have to arrest first, ask questions later.”