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'Modern Family' and 'Glee' are among Peabody winners

Also: London plans to build an Olympics tower.

April 01, 2010

Fox's 'Glee' gets Peabody

The winners of the Peabody Awards, announced Wednesday, include the ABC sitcom "Modern Family," Fox network's "Glee," CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" and HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."

The awards recognize achievement and public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the Internet.

Other winners include National Public Radio's website, heralded as a model for news sites. The news organization's Kabul bureau chief, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, also got a nod for her extensive coverage of life inside Afghanistan.

-- associated press London plans Olympics tower

Sculptor Anish Kapoor will put up a $29-million tower in the 2012 Lon- don Olympics park, with ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, contributing as much as $24 million of the cost.

London Mayor Boris Johnson defined the red structure as the U.K.'s largest public artwork. Taller than Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty, and twice as high as Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square, the ArcelorMittal Orbit will resemble an oil rig twisting around itself, a 377-feet spiraling lattice of tubular steel.

"There will be people who will say we are nuts, in the depths of a recession, to be building Britain's biggest ever piece of public art," said Johnson.

"This is the right thing for Stratford in the Olympics and beyond," he said, referring to the Olympics' east London site.

-- associated press Book details pirate ordeal

Richard Phillips, the cargo ship captain who spent five days as a hostage of Somali pirates, says in a new book it was a high-seas double-cross that led to his brutal ordeal in a sweltering lifeboat.

The 286-page book, "Captain's Duty," is being released Tuesday, two days before the anniversary of the attack.

Ghostwritten by Stephan Talty, it breaks little new ground but offers a compelling blow-by-blow narrative of the aborted hijacking, beginning with a radioed warning: "Somali pirate, Somali pirate, coming to get you" from the gunmen's skiff as they chased down the Maersk Alabama.

-- associated press San Francisco film lineup is set

"Micmacs," a French caper directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, will open the San Francisco Film Festival on April 22.

The longest-running festival in North America announced its lineup of 177 films Tuesday. It closes May 6 with the documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," an inside look at the 76-year-old comedian known for her scathing jokes and extensive plastic surgery.

Robert Duvall will receive a lifetime achievement award for acting. Duvall, who delivered the classic line, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" in 1979's "Apocalypse Now," will screen his latest film, "Get Low," about a hermit who throws his own funeral.

The career directing award will go to Brazil's Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries," "Central Station"), who will screen a documentary about his prolonged attempt to film Jack Kerouac's "On the Road." Awards also will be presented to film critic Roger Ebert, Focus Features Chief Executive James Schamus and short-film director Don Hertzfeldt.

-- associated press Q&A with Burnett, Conway

Carol Burnett and Tim Conway will appear together for the first time on a public stage in Los Angeles later this month. They will be discussing Burnett's newest book, "This Time Together -- Laughter and Reflection," as part of a Q&A workshop sponsored by Writers Bloc on April 27 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

The former costars worked together for 11 years on "The Carol Burnett Show."

-- Liesl Bradner Finally

Lindsey Vonn is going from Olympic gold medalist to "Law & Order" TV actress, appearing on the drama's season finale.

-- Associated press

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