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Gill to take break from awards show

After hosting the annual Country Music Association awards for a dozen years, Vince Gill is taking a break.

"I've always been one to trust my gut, and my gut tells me it is time for a change for everyone," he said Wednesday. "In the future, I will be more than willing to accept that role again, but right now it feels like I need a little break."

CMA executive director Ed Benson called Gill, 46, who holds the record for career CMA awards with 18, an "invaluable ambassador" for the show.

Indies rule Writers Guild nominations

HOLLYWOOD _ Independent films dominated the 56th annual Writers Guild of America awards nominations announced Thursday, with only two going to movies made by major studios, although the other nominations all went to films distributed by specialized divisions of major studio parents.

Among nominations for best original screenplay and adapted screenplay, Miramax (owned by Disney) received three and Fox Searchlight (whose parent is Fox Filmed Entertainment) picked up two. Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures were the only majors to receive nominations, one apiece.

Nominees for original screenplay of 2003 are:

Bend It Like Beckham _ written by Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra, Fox Searchlight Pictures;

Dirty Pretty Things _ written by Steven Knight, Miramax Films;

In America _ written by Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan, Fox Searchlight;

Lost in Translation _ written by Sofia Coppola, Focus Features (subsidiary of Universal Pictures);

The Station Agent _ written by Tom McCarthy, Miramax Films.

Suit claims CBS aired video illegally

A $30-million lawsuit has been filed against CBS Broadcasting Inc. and several individuals, saying they illegally obtained and televised a video showing a drugged woman being sexually assaulted by convicted rapist Andrew Luster.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges the CBS program 48 Hours violated a court order and in February 2003 aired the video that showed the plaintiff known as "Lynn Doe" and Luster, 39, the great-grandson of cosmetics magnate Max Factor. It did not show the woman's face.

Luster was convicted in January 2003 of raping three women in 1996, 1997 and 2000 after knocking them out with a potent anesthetic known as gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB. He is serving a 124-year sentence in Monterey County, Calif.

"This was shown during sweeps week, and it's the ultimate example of how networks focus on reality TV without regard to the impact it has on innocent people," said the plaintiff's attorney, Barry Novack.