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The films Brokeback Mountain and Crash scooped up honors from the Writers Guild of America Saturday, fuelling award momentum for the pair of Oscar hopefuls.

The guild gave its award for best adaptation to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, who wrote the script for Brokeback Mountain based on a short story by Annie Proulx. They won a Golden Globe for the work last month.

The gay western love story directed by Taiwan-born Ang Lee (李安), which leads the Oscars race with eight nominations, beat out Truman Capote, The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence and Syriana.

Rock 'n' roll stars, rap singers and other legends of modern music are tuning up their guitars, arranging their drums and more unusual stage accessories for the 48th Grammy Awards ceremony that is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

The gala event is expected to feature appearances by U2, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Gorillaz.

The Oscars of the music world are generally unpredictable, and the best-kept secret every year are scandals that can be sparked when prominent musicians appear on stage.

Millions of viewers remember well a mouth-to-mouth kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears two years ago during the MTV Music Awards ceremony.

This year's event will attract divas like Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Madonna and this year's top contender Mariah Carey, who has a total of eight nominations.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Grammy-winning pop star Sheryl Crow have split up, scrapping plans for a Texas wedding after two years of dating, People magazine reported on Friday. "After much thought and consideration we have made a very tough decision to split up," a joint statement by the couple issued to the magazine said.

Also hitting the rocks is Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora's marriage. The actress and her husband, the lead guitarist for the rock band Bon Jovi, have filed for divorce, according to reports Friday.

Locklear, 44, and Sambora, 45, have been married for 11 years and have an eight-year-old daughter. Locklear was previously married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.

Lawyers for Paris Hilton are in talks with a broker of celebrity porn in a bid to recover private diaries and photos of the celebrity heiress that were put up for sale for US$20 million, both sides said on Friday. The broker, David Hans Schmidt of Phoenix, Arizona, said he was seeking US$20 million for material he claims includes 18 personal diaries recounting sexual escapades and risque photos of Hilton.

Troubled US rocker Courtney Love was released Friday from home detention after telling a judge that she is on the road to recovery from her addiction to drugs.

Love, 41, who in the past two years was in and out of court on various drug and assault charges, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin she was doing much better.

"I feel like I'm getting my creativity back ... and that I've put a very gnarly drug problem behind me," Love told Rubin, who had ordered her into a drug rehabili-tation programme that she ended in November.

"I thank you for not being as punitive as you could have been," said the widow of grunge icon Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.

Lee Tamahori, the New Zealand-born director of the James Bond movie Die Another Die, has been arrested in Los Angeles and charged with solicitation in a bizarre sex case.

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