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This Week In Entertainment: Aretha, Grover, and More


Aretha Franklin’s Estate Paid $3M In Back Taxes

Since her death in August, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s estate has paid the IRS at least $3M in back taxes. Currently, the singer owes around $6.3M in back taxes since 2012 and around $1.5M in penalties. The IRS filed the claim this month in Oakland. The documents didn’t mention the value of her home in California, estimated to be at least $10M.

This isn’t the first lawsuit Aretha recieved. She had been the target of a number of lawsuits by creditors in the late ’80s and ’90s. She died of pancreatic cancer in August at the age of 76.

Did Sesame Street’s Grover Drop The F-Bomb?

A video went viral recently of lovable Grover from the children’s show Sesame Street. In the video, the blue monster appears to say “That’s a f*****g excellent idea!” However, if you take a look at the script, it reads, “That sounds like an excellent idea!”

People have taken Twitter by storm trying to figure out whether or not he actually said it. This is just the latest in a line of viral videos and photos that have divided people by how they interpret it.

Angelina Jolie Hints At Switching To Politics

Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie hinted on Friday that she would consider switching to a career in politics. The 43-year-old told BBC Today that she didn’t rule the idea out. In addition, she noted that the years she spent working in the U.N. allowed her to work with other governments.

“I’m also able to work with governments and I’m also able to work with militaries, and so I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done, without a title and without it being about myself or my policies. So for now I’ll sit quiet,” she said.

Black Mirror Special

Netflix confirmed that the next entry into their hit TV show Black Mirror is an interactive adventure. The episode, titled “Bandersnatch,” will present viewers with options on how to proceed with the story. The episode, which released on Friday, takes place in the ’80s and has multiple paths to follow.

By pausing the episode and starting over, viewers can reset their choices to make new ones. The special is not part of the next season of Black Mirror, which was renewed in March and is expected to air in early 2019.

Mr. Rogers Biopic Gains Name

Sony pictures finally released the name of their upcoming Mr. Rogers biopic. The movie, starring Tom Hanks as the beloved Fred Rogers, is named A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Currently, the film is set to release in October. It also stars an ensemble cast featuring Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Tammy Blanchard and Sakina Jaffrey.