Links to the past, with relevance today:
NYT: Carol Channing's estate auction, and the fans who said well, helloooo! to all her fabulous possessions.
DEADLINE: It took 15 years (!), but a dispute over the estate of James Brown — who died at 74 on Christmas Day in 2006 — has been resolved. The complainant was his romantic partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, who claimed she was married to the Godfather of Soul.
PEOPLE: Berry Gordy Jr., Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Lorne Michaels and Justino Diaz comprise the 44th class of Kennedy Center honorees, who will be celebrated on December 5 at a gala ceremony. And the sitting U.S. president will probably actually show this time.
EXTRATV: Complaint comic Jackie Mason, a Borscht Belt star who made it to Broadway — and to a Tony — has died at 93, several years older than he'd previously been thought to be.
THR: Steven Zan Vandt recalls how his friendship with Bruce Springsteen informed his iconic role on The Sopranos ... and also apparently squirmed as much as we did when he filmed that scene with Drea de Matteo.