Erin Andrews, sideline reporter for ESPN, got her day in court, and so did the man accused of stalking her, Illinois insurance broker Michael David Barrett. He pleaded guilty in an L.A. court Tuesday to one count of interstate stalking and admitted that he followed Andrews to three cities in 2008, drilled peepholes, installed tiny cameras, got vids of her undressed, and posted them on the Web. Sentencing is Feb. 22. He could get as much as five years in prison, but a reported plea deal may pare it down closer to two. Andrews isn't having any of that. She told the court she has nightmares now because of being stalked. "I walk in crowds and I see him in my peripheral vision," she said. "When I'm alone in my house, I have fears that he's going to walk inside and hurt me. I don't know him. I've never met him. I don't know why he chose me. But I hope he never sees the light of day again."
A big thumbs-down and a resounding Why? to the new male celeb look: hairnets. Yep, according to Hollywood Life, hunks such as Brad Pitt, Zac Efron, David Beckham, and Kellan Lutz have been truckin' round in these floppy, gray, hairnetlike head coverings. It's, like, way icky. Like they have some kind of, like, fungus scalp thing. Combined with his scraggly, breakfast-still-in-it beard, Brad comes pretty close to Homeless Chic. Maybe that's the idea.
Keira Knightley's got the shakes. The talented actress (Atonement, etc.) plays Jennifer in a modern version of Molière's The Misanthrope in London's West End. KN knows the critics will roast her like an extremely skinny kielbasa, but she tells BBC 4 that "I just thought, OK, dive in and give it a go." BTW, have you noticed a stream of movie thesps doing live theater? They include Katie Holmes (All My Sons), Catherine Zeta-Jones (now in A Little Night Music on Broadway), Nicole Kidman (The Blue Room), Jude Law (Hamlet), Kevin Spacey (Inherit the Wind - and he's the artistic director of the Old Vic in London!), Daniel Radcliffe (Equus), and Cate Blanchett (A Streetcar Named Desire). What's that a sign of? Shrinkage of the film biz? Uninterest in anyone over 13? Or that all these actors are longtime board-trotters?
Alina Kabaeva, 26, Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champ and reputed sweetums of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, only 57, has given birth to baby Dmitri in Moscow. It's said that, as with so many things in Russia, Vlad is behind the scenes. He is said to have divorced wife Ludmila (mother to his two daughters) to marry Alina. But this is Russia: It's not clear who's married or doin' what. Not a single major Russian news outfit reported Alina's delivery.
Susan Boyle continues her insidious campaign of world domination. Nielsen SoundScan says her smash album I Dreamed a Dream is stuck at No. 1, where it's been for three weeks. It's gone platinum and is the top album of 2009. And can you believe this? YouTube reports that the video of Susan doing "I Dreamed a Dream" on the BBC talent show Britain's Got Talent (which she lost, remember) is the year's biggest vid, with 120 mil views, which is mad stupid great. Also on the albums list: Andrea Bocelli's My Christmas, the Glee cast's The Music, Volume 2 at 3, Taylor Swift's Fearless at 4, and Chris Brown's Graffiti at 5. Other big vids on the block were "David After Dentist" (a kid still on drugs after a tooth event) at 2; "JK's Wedding Entrance Dance," very influential at 3; the official New Moon trailer at 4; and "The Evian Roller Babies," doin' them cute crazy 8s at 5.
For a bleak time last week, it seemed everyone was getting along. With relief, we can say it ain't so. Even the silver lining of Melissa Rycroft's wedding has its dark cloud. Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and Bachelor winner, married much less pretty Dallas insurance agent Tye Strickland, on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. In Style mag calls it a "revenge" wedding for the trauma of this year's Bachelor. As the world knows, target bachelor Jason Mesnick chose Melissa and proposed to her - but then broke it off and went for contestant Molly Malaney. (ABC made a special postshow episode so we could watch all the suffering!) Jason proposed to Molly, who said yes in October. Oh, yeah!?! cries Melissa. Well, I got married first!!! You hear me?! First!!
TMZ and Us mag report that contrary to recent rumor, Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon are not marrying but getting decoupled, to use a rail metaphor. People mag says Kate Hudson and Alex Rodriguez are likewise disjunct, have been for weeks - even though Kate, on The Larry King Show last night, said A-Rod was "good, really good." On Sunday, Kate and her mom, Goldie Hawn, were spotted bolting quadruple caipirinhas (or something moist) at Strada 57 in NYC, and an indiscreet and possibly professional eavesdropper tells Us mag they spoke of - Tiger Woods! "It sounded like she was talking about how guys have such a sex drive, they just can't help it," said the 'dropper. "It was clear Kate and A-Rod were fighting or had broken up from the way she was speaking about him. At one point, Goldie told Kate, 'Just take the high road. Lead your own way.' " Everyone else has already weighed in, so let Miss Piggy of Sesame Street say her piece. Tomorrow will see Miss P's wide-ranging, incisive "sit-down" on the Wendy Williams Show - but how can a hand-puppet do a sit-down? Dispelling months of rumor, Miss P said her amphibian luv Kermit the Frog "is nothing like" Tiger Woods: "[H]e would never do anything untoward moi, but, if he did, you can rest assured there'd be a hole in one, and he'd be the one!" Meantime, Us reports former NYC mayor, serial husband, extramaritalist, and prez hopeful Rudolph Giuliani, at Monday's N.Y. premiere of the film Nine, had a message for Woods: "Hang in there." What does that mean? Courtney Love lost a custody battle Friday over Frances Bean Cobain, Love's daughter by deceased Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Now Love lashes out at Frances on Facebook - and at those given temporary guardianship of her, Kurt Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, and sister, Kimberly Dawn Cobain. "I hate to sound cold but any kid of mine who pulls this [stuff] has lost her position," writes Love. "She was deceptive, she lied and she's lying to herself. ... They'll incubate her til shes 18 and then have her sign all the indnemofications. . . . I love you and always will unconditionally."
SpongeBob SquarePants, that kids' show made for parents, is making history. Nickelodeon has signed up for 26 new episodes with the happy, absorbent celebrity, and his mates Gary, Patrick Star, and the crabby Squidward Tentacles. The deal will make SpongeBob the longest-running show in Nick's history. Since 1999!