The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. This year’s BAFTA longlist has been announced, with My Week With Marilyn and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy leading the pack with 16 mentions a piece. The narrowed down pool of nominees will be named on January 17, and the awards show will take place on February 12. [via Deadline]

2. Famed photo journalist Eve Arnold — who is perhaps best known for her portraits of Marilyn Monroe and was the first woman admitted into the Magnum photo agency — has died at the age of 99. [via Art Daily]

3. Van Halen played a reunion show last night at a tiny club in Greenwich Village where they announced a 45-date tour that will begin in February. Find what a bunch of music critics had to say about their performance here.

4. Jack White has recorded a cover of Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Evil (Is Going On)” with Tom Jones that will be released later this year on Third Man Records. [via 24Bit]

5. Barnes & Noble says that it plans to break off the brick and mortar bookstores part of its business — which stands to lose twice as much money this year as was previously expected — from its growing Nook digital-book business. [via WSJ]

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