Cancer stricken Valerie Harper doing better, signs on for ‘DTWS’ 

How about some good news for your Friday? Valerie Harper, star of “Rhoda” and “The Hogan Family,” has just signed on to “Dancing with the Stars” despite being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in March. Better still, The Hollywood Reporter claims that she is “close to remission.”

Harper bravely announced her terminal diagnosis in March in what seemed like a poignant “goodbye” to all her fans. She must really be feeling great, because by signing up for this season of “DWTS” she has agreed to be in close proximity to Snooki.

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QUICK TAKES

The rumor that “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston was cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman-Batman movie is apparently false.

The daughter of country star Alan Jackson has been charged with assault after allegedly hitting a police officer at a traffic stop.

Radar Online reports that Kris Jenner’s talk show has been axed, but Fox says the rumors are “false.”

Miley Cyrus ditched all VMA after-parties to collaborate with Kanye West on a remix of his song “Black Skinhead.”

The new kitty cat Monopoly token has debuted, replacing the iron. It beat out a guitar, helicopter, robot and diamond ring.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Johanna Braddy (“Avatar”) is 26.

Journalist Lisa Ling (“Our America”) is 40.

Actress Cameron Diaz (“Bad Teacher”) is 41.

Guitarist Lars Frederiksen of Rancid is 42.

Actress Michael Michele (“ER”) is 47.

Actor Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) is 50.

Actor Timothy Bottoms (“The Last Picture Show”) is 62.

Comedian Lewis Black is 65.

Actress Peggy Lipton (“The Mod Squad”) is 67.

Cartoonist Robert Crumb is 70.

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