September 09, 1996 12:00 PM

Barbra Streisand and actor James Brolin aren’t just dating, folks. I hear their relationship, reported to have begun early in July, has advanced to the point where the two have become inseparable and appear to be head over heels in love. Streisand, 54, and Brolin, also in his mid-50s, spend most of their time together at her house in Malibu, either alone or serving as cohosts of small dinner parties and screenings for close pals. In fact, I’m told they’ve both met all the important people in each other’s lives, a sure sign, one friend says, that the affair is more than just a passing fancy….

Tennis ace Andre Agassi, in New York City for the U.S. Open, said last week that he definitely won’t be turning up as a guest on fiancée Brooke Shields‘ new NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan….

Leaving nothing to chance, handlers of country singer Shania Twain have started an intense campaign to ensure that the already super-hot recording artist receives her just rewards at the Country Music Association Awards on Oct. 2 in Nashville. Twain is nominated in three categories: for Female Vocalist, Song of the Year (for Any Man of Mine) and the newcomer’s Horizon Award. Not only has a Twain billboard been strategically placed near Music Row in Nashville, but according to Kevin Lane, a marketing rep at Mercury Records, Twain’s label, every week for the past eight weeks, voting members of the CMA have been receiving postcards in the mail extolling Twain. Says a source of mine who’s a CMA member: “It’s the most aggressive campaign I’ve ever seen coming out of Nashville.” The awards show will be telecast on CBS….

The lengths to which Robert De Niro will go to prepare for a screen role have been well-documented, but to Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr., seeing was believing. Ripken, who served as a technical adviser on the movie The Fan, in which De Niro plays an obsessed fan stalking a star baseball player (Wesley Snipes), says that when he was first introduced to De Niro, “it was eerie.” That’s because the actor was in his trailer listening to audiotapes of the trial of Robert Bardo, the man who had stalked and murdered My Sister Sam star Rebecca Schaeffer in July 1989….

Troy Beyer, who wrote the script and costars with Halle Berry in the upcoming movie B.A.P.s (for Black American Princesses), has been signed by the film’s distributor New Line Cinema to write a TV sitcom pilot based on B.A.P.s, which opens next summer….

Cliff Robertson, who plays the President in Kurt Russell’s Escape from L.A., says he has written a sequel to Charly, the 1968 drama that earned Robertson a Best Actor Oscar for playing a retarded man who is temporarily turned into a genius by surgery. Robertson says all he needs to reprise his Charly role is the $4.6 million it would take to produce the film, adding, “I promise a happy ending this time.”

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