DEAR STACY: I just loved "The Artist." I would like to know if we're ever going to see the wonderful Jean Dujardin in an English language movie? — Sadie C., Minneapolis, Minn.
DEAR SADIE: The Oscar-winning actor-director-writer, who has been described as France's answer to George Clooney, is, appropriately enough, going to be working with Clooney come March of next year, on a feature Clooney plans to direct. It's the adaptation of Robert M. Edsel's book, "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History." And if that's not enough to grab your interest, Clooney also has Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville and Jardine's "Artist" castmate, John Goodman, lined up for his cast. Dujardin is also expected to be in Martin Scorsese's next Leonardo DiCaprio starrer, "The Wolf of Wall Street." It doesn't have a start date yet, but it does have a crew of exciting names attached, including Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey.
DEAR STACY: Songwriting greats Burt Bacharach and Hal David provided the soundtrack of much of my life. Can you tell me what Bacharach has been up to, particularly in the wake of David's passing this year? — Shelby R., Clearwater, Fla.
DEAR SHELBY: Bacharach has been having a busy year. Among the highlights: He was on hand this past spring when President Barack Obama awarded him and David — who was too ill to attend — the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House. And he was on hand at an Obama call center in L.A., crooning for Obama's campaign workers early this month. He played the Tokyo Jazz Festival and did some touring in Japan in September. He contributed new songs to Bacharach/David muse Dionne Warwick's recently-released "Now" album. Bacharach and his fourth wife (since 1993) Jane Hansen, have two children. (He was previously wed to Paula Stewart, Angie Dickinson, and Carole Bayer Sager.)
DEAR STACY: Can you tell me if Robert Conrad is still alive? — Gary H., Warren, Ohio
DEAR GARY: Oh, yes. His "PM With Robert Conrad" radio talk show claims an audience of more than five million. Radio has given the 77-year-old, once hugely-popular former TV star, another chapter of success in his life and a comeback from harrowing years. He is still suffering after-effects of the devastating 2003 drunk-driving-related automobile accident that left him and the other driver (who was struck head-on when Conrad drifted across the median) permanently injured. The other driver later died, and Conrad settled a wrongful death suit out of court. He and his second wife divorced in 2010.
DEAR STACY: When is my favorite show, "Psych" coming back? — Jay S., La Habra, Calif.
DEAR JAY: February 27.
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