updated 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Though they may be impossible to find now, Sharon Stone, 36, claims there were once "directors [who] consistently said I wasn't sexy enough [to play a femme fatale]." Surprisingly she agrees with them. "It's still true—I'm not sexy in any stereotypical way. The sex I've symbolized in movies has not been loving, it's been about power," says Stone, who gained fame as a cold-blooded seductress in Basic Instinct. But next month she finally gets a chance to show her softer side. In the steamy thriller The Specialist, Stone plays a glamorous government agent paired with Sylvester Stallone as an explosives expert. Of course romance ignites, but "this love scene," Stone promises, "is without a doubt the most tender love scene I've ever seen."

Football fans at San Francisco's Candlestick Park went crazy on Sept. 5, when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, 31, scored his 127th touchdown and broke the career touchdown record set 29 years ago by Jim Brown. The secret to Rice's success? A little nocturnal activity (no, not that kind) helps keep defensive backs at bay. "Every night before a game, I play the game in my mind while I'm in bed," says Rice. "My wife [Jackie] tells me all the time that I moan and groan in my sleep, that I may cuss or shake in bed. I don't mumble players' names, I put myself in a position to make plays. When I go into a ball game, it's almost like I know exactly what's going to happen because I played it the night before."

Amid a summer of too many cigarettes and not enough sleep while prepping for his new syndicated hour-long gab-fest, former MTV talk show host Jon Stewart found one bright spot: returning to MTV for its annual Video Music Awards and sharing the podium with co-presenter Cindy Crawford. "That is the most surreal thing that has happened to me," gasps Stewart, 30. "I can't believe she's cool and we get along. It's like when you have a fever and the walls seem to be moving." So is Cindy dumping husband Richard Gere and, as Stewart said from the stage, heading with him to a tropical paradise to indulge in things sexual? Alas, sighs Stewart, it was that pesky fever talking. "For that to happen, there'd have to be some sort of rope and ether involved."

Hard Copy cohost Terry Murphy, 45, is blurring the line between reality TV and reality. Murphy, who recently played a Chicago reporter on the Fox TV network's Married...with Children, reports that Tawny Kitaen was a guest star on the same episode. "When I told a colleague, he said, 'Here's a list of questions we'd like you to ask her about the OJ. Simpson case.' [Kitaen is reported to have dated Simpson in the mid-'80s.] My big time to be an actress, and they wanted me to work," says Murphy, who will also appear in the upcoming drama Love Affair and the film version of Casper. Murphy found Kitaen "the sweetest of all," and had "a wonderful conversation, but not about any of the O.J. stuff. She did say that if she ever did do an interview, she'd do it with me. That and a dollar will get me a cup of coffee, but it won't get me a lead story."

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