The Water Cooler: March 8

Valerie Harper diagnosed with Brain Cancer

People.com reported Wednesday that Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The report states Harper’s doctors have said she has as little as three months to live.

She received the news Jan. 15.

MTV Movie Award Nominees Announced

MTV announced the nominees for their annual Movie Awards on Tuesday. “Django” and “Ted” are the top nominees with seven nominations each.

Actress Rebel Wilson will host the show, and actor Will Ferrell will receive MTV’s inaugural Comic Genius Award.

The MTV Movie Awards will be broadcast April 14.

Carrie Fisher to play princess Leia

Carrie Fisher confirmed on Wednesday that she will be joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and reprise her role as Princess Leia.

“She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home,” Fisher said in an interview with The Palm Beach Illustrated. “I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.”

Mark Hamill will also be reprising his role of Luke Skywalker in the film.

Jeff Foxworthy to host Baking Competition Show

Jeff Foxworthy, comedic host of “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?”, will host a summer reality show on CBS titled “The American Baking Competition.”

The contest is based off Britain’s “The Great British Bake Off.”

The show premieres May 29.

Information and photos from The Associated Press.

Compiled by Anna Taylor, Features Editor.