Blues and R&B singer Etta James passed away from leukemia last Friday. A six-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, her music included the hits “At Last” and “The Wallflower.” Rev. Al Sharpton will perform funeral services for James, who was 73. Source: CNN
Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, with “Hugo” receiving 11 nominations, including Best Picture; the silent film “The Artist” received ten nominations and “The Descendent” five. Nine total movies are in the running for this year’s Best Picture award; the winners will be announced on Feb. 26. Source: Los Angeles Times
Citing “irreconcilable differences,” musician Seal and supermodel and “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum announced on Monday that they would be getting a divorce. The couple, who have been married for eight years and have four children, are expected to have amicable divorce proceedings. Source: Daily Mail UK
YouTube, an online-video website owned by Google, is now streaming four billion videos per day. This is a 25 percent increase in the last eight months alone; the company estimates that 60 hours of video are being uploaded by users every minute. Source: Reuters
Weekend movie releases
“Declaration of War”
“Man on a Ledge”
“One for the Money”
“The Wicker Tree”
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