Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

People

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

People

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Harper has months to live

Just a week after the death of 70s TV icon Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Harper has told People magazine that she has terminal brain cancer, and has three months to live. In a few sparse quotes from the magazines website, Harper, 73, says: I dont think of dying, I think of being here now. According to the magazine, she has a condition called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. Harper portrayed Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (and later her own hugely popular series Rhoda) and was one of the most beloved characters in sitcom history. She also is an accomplished stage actress and earned a Tony nomination for her recent run in Looped, about Tallulah Bankhead.

Disney has big plans for Star Wars Star Wars fans have more than just Episodes 7, 8 and 9 to look forward to. Disney CEO Bob Iger said at the annual shareholders meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday that the company is developing some standalone movies featuring Star Wars characters. The news is likely to set off a new round of speculation about whats in store for the Lucasfilm franchise. The buzz has been at a fever pitch since The Walt Disney Co. said in October it was acquiring the studio for $4 billion. Iger didnt say which characters might be featured in the standalone movies. Some Star Wars characters such as bounty hunter Boba Fett have been given bigger treatments in comic books.

Mendes turns down another Bond Who can resist James Bond? Sam Mendes, thats who. Mendes directed Skyfall the latest in the lucrative James Bond series, and one of the most financially successful movies of all time but hes said no to directing the next installment in the long-running franchise. He said directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of his career, but added: I have theater and other commitments, including productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.

Lucas plans art museum Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to build a museum dedicated to visual storytelling in San Franciscos Presidio that would house an art collection he has amassed over more than four decades. …

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