Ask Stacy for July 14-15, 2018

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DEAR STACY: Can you give an update on "The Property Brothers" personally and professionally? -- D.J.

DEAR D.J.: Those resplendent renovating twins, Drew and Jonathan Scott, will begin filming the seventh season of their "Property Brothers" and sixth season of their "Buying and Selling" in Calgary in September. It's been a significant year for the Scotts, who turned 40 in April. Drew married Scott Brothers Global Creative Director Linda Phan in May in Italy. Jonathan, who is divorced, is single again after he and his long-time girlfriend, development producer Jacinta Kuznetsov, went separate ways in April.


DEAR STACY: I'm hypnotized by Ruth Negga of "Loving" and "Preacher." Does she have any other movies or shows coming out? -- J.S.

DEAR J.S.: The Ethiopan-Irish actress, who was Oscar nominated for her work in "Loving," has the science-fiction feature "Ad Astra" due in January. She's among the stars, along with Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Kennedy, in the saga of a space traveler (Pitt) who wants to find out why his father's mission to Neptune went wrong. Negga begins a much-talked-about stint in "Hamlet" in Dublin in September, playing the title character in a "gender-blind" production of the Shakespeare play.


DEAR STACY: I know Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson are a couple, but I never hear about his "Weekend Update" partner, Michael Che, being in a romantic relationship. Is he with anyone? -- Diane

DEAR DIANE: If he is, he has not gone public with it. Che did a whole riff on being afraid to get married on his 2014 Comedy Central special, joking that he hoped to be rich one day, and getting married was like saying, "I'll bet you half my stuff I'll never cheat on you." Jost and Che will co-host this year's Emmy show Sept. 17.


DEAR STACY: What became of the plans to make a movie about Lena Horne? -- Rob

DEAR ROB: Several projects about the brilliant, iconic performer, who died in 2010, have been announced, but so far, none have made it to production. There was the Janet Jackson planned TV biopic that was derailed after the pop star's breast-baring Super Bowl moment back in 2004. Lena and her daughter asked ABC not to allow Janet to portray her, and even though the network resisted, Janet willingly backed out. Then producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan left the project in solidarity with Janet. After that, Alicia Keys developed a movie about Lena with Oprah Winfrey, but it never got made. Salli Richardson-Whitfield ("Biker Boyz," "I Am Legend") launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a play with music called "A Lady Must Live" aimed at Broadway; she said she'd love to make a movie of it, too. That also seems to have stalled. It's too bad. With a dramatic life story that spans the heyday of Harlem's Cotton Club, Golden Era Hollywood, blacklisting, the Civil Rights Movement and on, the sensual singer-actress certainly warrants a biopic.

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