Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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For a guy who insists that he doesn't want to act, SEAN PENN is keeping busy. He has three movies on the way.

"She's So Lovely," which opens Aug. 29, is the tale of a stormy but devoted couple - Eddie and Maureen, who track each other down after he spends a decade in a mental hospital. His other new films are "The Game," opening Sept. 12, and "U-Turn," opening Oct. 3.

Composer BURT BACHARACH knows a song that goes around, comes around - if it's good.

"Any time you write a song, you see 15 to 20 years later if it still has a life," says Bacharach, 69, in the Aug. 8 edition of Entertainment Weekly.

His music still has a life, thanks to the Bacharach-fueled soundtrack of "My Best Friend's Wedding." His songs, and the man himself, also pop up in "Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery." And there are two tribute albums.

Though he is 30 years removed from being a pop star, he says it's terrific that his music is enjoying a boom - even if it's fleeting.

Fearing that his superstar movie career had become muscle-bound, SYLVESTER STALLONE packed on 40 pounds of flab to work alongside acting heavyweights ROBERT DeNIRO and HARVEY KEITEL.

In "Cop Land" the beefcake hero of the "Rocky" and "Rambo" films plays an overweight, somewhat ineffective suburban sheriff dealing with tough New York City police detectives.

Moving beyond his indestructible action-film persona was a conscious choice. To accomplish it, he had to change agents three times in three years.

Actor BILL BROCHTRUP, who played a gay police receptionist in "NYPD Blue," is an actor who doesn't mind being typecast.

The openly gay actor also played a homosexual in the short-lived 1996 comedy series "Public Morals," and he returns next season as a complex gay man in the new crime drama "Total Security."

Thanks in part to ELLEN DeGENERES' public acknowledgment of her homosexuality - on and off screen - American TV viewers no longer consider gay characters mere novelties, Brochtrup said. "This marks the second generation of gay characters on TV," Brochtrup said of his new role.

Jumping from the White House to ABC News was no easy feat for GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS. "It's a much bigger hurdle than I imagined," the ex-presidential adviser tells TV Guide. …

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