"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Peter Laird isn't happy with producer Michael Bay's decision to cast Megan Fox in the upcoming big screen reboot of the franchise, according to MSNBC.

Bay surprised people last month by announcing Fox will play April O'Neil, the main human friend of the Ninja Turtles. Bay and Fox had a big falling out just before production began on 2011's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which led to her departure from that franchise.

Right -- she compared him to Hitler. Not a lot of people can get their jobs back when they compare their boss to Hitler. She must be good-looking, er, I mean a great actress, or something.

So Fox is back and Laird doesn't like it. In a blog post (via ET Online), he wrote, "My only exposure to Megan Fox as an actress is through her role in two 'Transformers' movies and the wretched (but happily forgettable) 'Jennifer's Body.' It may not be fair to judge her range of acting skills just from those three movies, but I think it is safe to say that there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O'Neil."

Yeah ... but she really excels at slow-motion car-washing scenes.

Laird also wrote "Of course, her name has promotional value, and maybe that's what they want. Who knows? I can't get myself too worked up about it."

According to MSN, Fox reportedly beat out Elizabeth Olsen, Anna Kendrick and Jane Levy for the role. Kevin Eastman, who co-created the Turtles with Laird, has been more supportive of the film, but has been involved from the get-go, whereas Laird has not. Fans have reportedly also been vocal online about their displeasure with Fox's casting.

You know, this isn't Shakespeare. It's talking turtles.

Production on the movie, which may actually just be called "Ninja Turtles" -- another choice that fans are unhappy with -- will allegedly start soon, although the start of filming was delayed once already last year because Bay and Paramount Pictures wanted more work done on the script. The director is Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans"). The film is supposed to be released some time in 2014.

CARRIE FISHER SAYS SHE BE IN NEXT 'STAR WARS': In today's exciting update of "Will They or Won't They Make All the Nerds Happy?," Carrie Fisher said she will be in the next "Star Wars."

During an interview with Palm Beach Illustrated, Fisher was asked point-blank if she would return to play Princess Leia in "Star Wars: Episode VII."

"Yes," the actress said matter-of-factly.

OK, then.

According to E! News, Fisher then joked about what Leia would be like today. "Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle." She said Leia's still wearing "the bagel buns and the bikini, because probably she has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she's twentysomething. And she put it on and gets institutionalized."

Fisher was hospitalized last month after a bipolar episode on a cruise ship.

E! News followed up with Fisher's people to see if she was joking about being in the next "Star Wars" and was told they can't comment.

VALERIE HARPER HAS TERMINAL BRAIN CANCER: Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer.

The television star — best known as Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spin-off, "Rhoda" -- found out Jan. 15, according to People.com.

Tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition occurring when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors have said has as little as three months left to live.

"I don't think of dying," said Harper 73, who battled lung cancer in 2009. "I think of being here now."

KATE MIDDLETON MAY HAVE REVEALED BABY'S GENDER: Kate Middleton might have accidentally revealed that she's having a girl.

While visiting the seaport of Grimsby, England, on Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge was given a teddy bear by someone in the crowd. According to reports, she said to the woman, "Thank you, I'll take that for my d..." before clamming up, according to U.K. publication the Telegraph.

Maybe her driver has a stuffed animal collection.

According to E! News, 67-year-old Sandra Cook, who was standing next to Kate in the crowd, supposedly said to her, 'You were going to say daughter, weren't you?'"

"No, I don't know," Middleton reportedly replied, before Cook pressed further, "Oh, I think you do."

"We're not telling," Middleton said.

Well, I can say with some certainty that, if it's not a girl, it will probably be a boy.

Whatever it is, he or she is due in July.

RUSSELL CROWE SAYS HE SAW UFO: Russell Crowe said he saw a UFO on Tuesday night.

According to the Huffington Post, the actor had his encounter while trying to photograph fruit bats over the Sydney Botanic gardens.

Crowe posted the series of time-lapse pictures -- condensed into a YouTube video -- to his Twitter account. The 23-second video, which features a stand of trees at dusk, appears to show a mysterious, disk-like object flying horizontally from the right to left side of the frame.

Maybe there was a skeet shooting range nearby.

Crowe defended the pictures via Twitter, writing that it wasn't a trick of the light or errant camera flash. Though he did add the music.

Meanwhile, media outlets report that the general response to the alleged extraterrestrial object has been mocking disbelief.

The New Zealand-born star, who won an Oscar for his chest-beating performance in "Gladiator," is a fairly active social media user with more than 800,000 Twitter followers.

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MARCH 7 IN HISTORY

Thursday is March 7, the 66th day of 2013. There are 299 days left in the year.

1793: During the French Revolutionary Wars, France declared war on Spain.

1850: In a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.

1876: Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.

1912: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen arrived in Hobart, Australia, where he dispatched telegrams announcing his success in leading the first expedition to the South Pole the previous December.

1926: The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations took place between New York and London.

1936: Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.

1945: During World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge.

1960: Jack Paar returned as host of NBC's "Tonight Show" nearly a month after walking off in a censorship dispute with the network.

1963: The Pan Am Building (today the MetLife Building) first opened in midtown Manhattan.

1965: A march by civil rights demonstrators was violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff's posse in what came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."

1975: The U.S. Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.

1983: The original version of The Nashville Network (now Spike) made its debut.

1994: The Supreme Court, in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music Inc., unanimously ruled that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that doesn't require permission from the copyright holder. (The ruling concerned a parody of the song "Pretty Woman" by the rap group 2 Live Crew.)

2003: Virtually every musical on Broadway shut down as musicians went on strike, and actors and stagehands said they wouldn't cross their picket lines; the walkout lasted four days.

2008: On the heels of a gloomy report that 63,000 jobs were lost in February 2008, President George W. Bush said "it's clear our economy has slowed" as he tried to reassure an anxious public that the long-term outlook was good. Leon Greenman, the only Englishman sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, died in London at age 97.

2012: President Barack Obama, speaking at a Daimler truck plant in Mount Holly, N.C., made his most urgent appeal to date for the nation to wean itself from oil, calling it a "fuel of the past" and demanding that the United States broaden its approach to energy. The Indianapolis Colts cut injured star Peyton Manning.

BIRTHDAYS

TV personality Willard Scott (79), auto racer Janet Guthrie (75), actor Daniel J. Travanti (73), entertainment executive Michael Eisner (71), actor John Heard (67), actor Bryan Cranston (57), tennis great Ivan Lendl (53), comedian Wanda Sykes (49), actress Rachel Weisz (42), actress Jenna Fischer (39).

Associated Press.