ABC to highlight country festival

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A two-hour special featuring highlights from this year's Country Music Association festival will air on prime-time TV this week, with performances by Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood and others.

''CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party'' will air Tuesday night on ABC. The show was taped earlier this summer during the four-day annual festival in Nashville.

Bacall has a few words for Cruise

NEW YORK - Lauren Bacall has a few unkind words to say about Tom Cruise.

In an interview in the Aug. 8 issue of Time magazine, now on newsstands, the 80-year-old actress says, ''When you talk about a great actor, you're not talking about Tom Cruise.''

''His whole behavior is so shocking,'' she says. ''It's inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it's kind of a sickness.''

Luke's light saber goes for $200K

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - It didn't come cheap, but an anonymous bidder now owns a piece of Jedi history.

A light saber used by Mark Hamill when he played Luke Skywalker in the original ''Star Wars'' sold for $200,600 Friday in an auction of movie props and costumes, said Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, which held the auction.

Other items included a light saber used by the character Darth Vader in ''Star Wars,'' which fetched $118,000; a leather jacket worn by Harrison Ford in ''Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,'' which brought in $94,400; and a leather jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in ''The Terminator,'' which went for $41,300.

Couric to decide on 'Today' in fall

NEW YORK - Katie Couric says she'll decide this fall whether to continue her long-running morning television partnership with Matt Lauer.

The ''Today'' show co-anchor faces the question because her contract expires next May.

''I have, when it's operating on all four cylinders, one of the best jobs in television,'' she told The New Yorker magazine. ''At the same time, everybody needs recharging.''

- From wire reports