Actress Valerie Harper is "close to remission" in her battle with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, according to her amazed doctors. In March (13), the Mary Tyler Moore Show star revealed she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition in which cancer cells spread into the membranes surrounding the brain, and only had three to six months to live.
But she has been handed a lifeline and medical experts have confirmed her health U-turn has "defied the odds".
Harper began treatment that included chemotherapy and acupuncture, and, in June (13), she learned her condition had drastically improved and medics told her she was close to remission.
The upbeat actress accepts the situation could change at any time, but, for now, she is staying positive.
She says, "Spontaneous remission lives as a possibility. I mean it, it's there and I go, 'OK'. I think infinite possibility is beautiful in every area. A lot of stuff that looks impossible is not and everyday there's evidence of it."
In an upcoming TV special chronicling the actress' health battle, her neuro-oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick insists Harper is far from clear of cancer - but confirms her life expectancy has been extended.
Harper, who turned 74 last week (22Aug13), is celebrating the good news by returning to TV - on Wednesday (28Aug13), it was reported she would be joining the cast of U.S. competition show Dancing with the Stars as a contestant, and U.S. newswoman Meredith Vieira TV special on the actress is set to air on 19 September (13).
Actress Valerie Harper is set to put her terminal cancer battle to one side to compete on U.S. reality competition show Dancing With The Stars, according to reports. The Mary Tyler Moore Show star, who turned 74 last week (22Mar13), was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, in March (13) and given just three months to live, but she is reportedly doing well and has signed on to compete on the popular TV show.
According to TMZ.com, Harper has been practising with her dancing partner Tristan MacManus and can't wait to continue her health battle on the dancefloor.
Other contestants rumoured to be joining the show include reality star Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, actress Elizabeth Berkley, Glee star Amber Riley and singer Christina Milian.
Leah Remini, who hit the headlines when she quit the Church of Scientology earlier this summer (13), is also among those who will be dancing for the show's coveted mirrorball trophy on season 17.
Bruce Willis' actress daughter Rumer has defended her dad from critics who have blasted him for appearing awkward in interviews, revealing he probably can't hear the questions properly. She insists the Die Hard star doesn't go out of his way to be less than talkative when promoting movies, but a hearing loss issue means he is always struggling to make out what is being said by interviewers.
Rumer, who is Willis' eldest daughter with ex-wife Demi Moore, explains, "I think part of the problem is sometimes he can't hear... because he shot a gun off next to his ear when he was doing Die Hard a long time ago, so he has partial hearing loss in his ears.
"If me and my sisters get together and he's at a dinner table and we start talking about fashion and things, the poor guy..."
Willis' daughter also feels her dad has a reputation as an edgy, cool guy to keep up: "I think he just has this vibe where he feels like he's gotta kinda do a cool man (thing)."
Little-known Australian actress Stef Dawson has joined the cast of The Hunger Games film franchise. The newcomer has been plucked from relative obscurity to play District 4 victor Annie Cresta in the third and fourth films of the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2.
The latest casting news comes just days after Game of Thrones and The Tudors star Natalie Dormer confirmed she had signed on to play Cressida in the final two films.
The two actresses will join Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others.
Fashion mogul Dame Vivienne Westwood took to the streets with protesters in the U.K. on Friday (16Aug13) to demonstrate against fracking. The designer marched past a proposed drilling site in West Sussex, England along with around 1,000 other activists as part of ongoing protests against the controversial gas-extraction method.
Westwood waved a placard as she marched, and later explained her involvement in the protest to the Press Association, saying, "I'm anti-fracking and I'm here to protest. There has been no debate. They are trying to rush this thing through, for what? It's not going to go away. We don't know whether it will do good or bad. I'm sure it's bad and the only people who are going to benefit from it is this energy company who are associated with the Government... It won't supply energy security whatsoever. It will actually store up trouble for the future, financially as well as environmentally."
Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies' activist daughter, Natalie Hynde, was arrested during a protest at the same site last month (Jul13).
Fracking has also caused outrage in the U.S. - Yoko Ono set up a campaign against the practice last year (12) and won support from stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore and Lady Gaga.
Actress Lisa Robin Kelly has passed away at the age of 43 after a battle with alcohol abuse. The That '70s Show star went into a fatal cardiac arrest on Wednesday (14Aug13) at a rehab facility in California.
She had checked into the treatment centre on Monday (12Aug13), a day after her boyfriend had had her admitted to a hospital over concerns for her booze addiction.
A spokesperson for Kelly tells TMZ.com, "She had been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle."
Kelly had been struggling with alcohol problems for several years, and was just arrested for a suspected DUI in June (13).
She was previously busted for the same charge in 2010, when she was fined and sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation following an incident in North Carolina.
Last year (12), she was arrested again on a felony charge of corporal injury upon a spouse following a complaint filed by her ex-boyfriend, John Michas, and months later, she was slapped with allegations of assault against her husband, Robert Joseph Gilliam. She filed for divorce from Gilliam in July (13).
Born in Connecticut, Kelly began her acting career in 1992 after landing her onscreen debut in an episode of Married... with Children.
She went on to appear in shows like Murphy Brown, Charmed, The X-Files and Days of Our Lives, but will perhaps be best remembered for her role as Laurie, the promiscuous older sister of Topher Grace's character Eric Forman in That '70s Show.
She was a series regular for three years, but abruptly left and show writers attempted to cover up her departure by suggesting her character had been accepted into a beauty school.
Kelly made a brief return to the sitcom during the show's fifth season, before being replaced in 2003 by actress Christina Moore for the sixth.
Actress Emmy Rossum has reportedly found love with a Hollywood director following her split from her Shameless co-star Tyler Jacob Moore. The couple, which played lovers in the U.S. version of the British TV show, reportedly parted ways earlier this year (13), and Rossum has now been linked to the director of her new movie Comet.
Editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six report Rossum is now dating Sam Esmail, who directed her in the upcoming drama film.
Chloe Grace Moretz has dismissed rumours her upcoming horror remake Carrie is in trouble following a raft of delays, insisting the movie was pushed back to add more "intense" scary scenes. Moretz plays the role of the telepathic teenager in a new adaptation of the Stephen King novel, opposite Julianne Moore as her onscreen mother.
Carrie was due to hit cinemas in March (13), but horror fans were left disappointed when the release was pushed back until October (13), and Moretz is adamant the re-shoots will make the film well worth the wait.
She tells Fangoria magazine, "We prolonged a couple of scenes... to make it even deeper. It wasn't about cutting anything out or trying to edit around things; it was about adding more to make the movie scarier and more intense... We actually prolonged the film. We did some re-shoots, and added three extra scenes with Julianne and I to make the movie even deeper and darker."
Moretz also reveals the film will be very different to the 1976 version starring Sissy Spacek in the title role, even comparing it to Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning ballet thriller Black Swan.
She adds, "The script is totally different from the (original). It's more like the book. It's a more Black Swan version - it messes with your mind. You'll see things, and you don't know if you've seen them."
"This business has a propensity to force you to be more public than you probably want to be. I think I've learned how to restrict that public image, and over the years I'm starting to understand the value of privacy." Actor Ashton Kutcher, who is dating Mila Kunis, is trying to keep his private life out of the spotlight after his high-profile marriage and divorce from Hollywood star Demi Moore.
Charlotte Church's father was left with a fractured eye socket after he was beaten up for asking for cocaine at a New Year's Eve (01Jan13) party, a court has heard. James Church was left battered and bruised after the bathroom bust-up during a bash at Potters Bar Pool Hall in Leckwith in Cardiff, Wales.
Robert Moore had been charged with causing grievous bodily harm but he was let off the hook on Friday (02Aug13) after a jury agreed he acted in self-defence.
Moore alleged he had seen James snorting cocaine earlier in the evening before bumping into him in the men's room, where the fight kicked off and the singer's dad was hit over the head with a bottle.
The star's mum Maria took the stand to testify, telling the court, "I had never seen such a smashed-up face. He was an absolute, complete and utter mess and badly injured. When I saw his face I absolutely screamed - I went hysterical. I've never experienced anything like that before."
Moore insisted James' head injury could have been caused by a toilet door, protesting, "He came in confrontationally asking for cocaine and I said we didn't do cocaine. He came towards me to 'do' (hurt) me and I got in first. We both fell over and I fell on top of him and we were both chucking punches."
Charlotte, who was adopted by her stepfather James in 1999, did not attend the trial.