Ask Stacy for Aug. 18-19, 2018

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DEAR STACY: What is Bonnie Hunt up to these days? -- D.R.

DEAR D.R.: The actress-writer-director and former daytime talk show host plays New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott in "Escape at Dannemora," a Showtime miniseries premiering Nov. 18. Directed by Ben Stiller, it's about the notorious 2015 Upstate New York prison break of two convicted murderers aided by a married prison worker who was romantically involved with both men. Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano play the escaped convicts, and Patricia Arquette plays their accomplice. Hunt, a Pixar mainstay, is also in the voice cast of "Toy Story 4," coming our way next June.


DEAR STACY: What can you tell us about Cher doing an album of Abba covers? -- DeanBob

DEAR DeanBob: Sept. 28 is the release date for the pop icon's new "Dancing Queen" album, inspired by her role in the summer hit flick "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." Fans who pre-order the album receive an instant download of Cher's version of the 1979 track "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)." She had so much fun singing "Fernando" in the movie, she decided to go ahead and do a full album of songs from the Swedish super group, noting that the songs are not like what Abba fans might expect because "I do them in a different way." She revealed on Twitter that her track list consists of "Waterloo," "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme," "Dancing Queen," "Chiquititta," Name of the Game," "Mamma Mia," "One of Us," "Winner Takes it All," "SOS" and a question mark 10th song.


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DEAR STACY: When is the next season of "Game of Thrones" coming out? -- Gary99

DEAR GARY99: The eighth and final season of the fantasy epic is expected in the first half of next year. Though no exact date has been given as yet, April has been bandied around. The six-episode season filmed in Croatia, Northern Ireland and Iceland. Emilia Clarke, a.k.a. Daenerys Targaryen, told Britain's Sun that the series' big finish will have some screaming, "That's exactly what I wanted," and others "will go, 'huh?' -- my mum, probably."


DEAR STACY: Is David Spade a relative of the late Kate Spade? -- Mara

DEAR MARA: The actor-comedian is one of two brothers of entrepeneur Andy Spade, whose 24-year marriage to the fashion designer was reportedly ending when she died of an apparent suicide in May.

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