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Entertainment news for July 18, 1997

Jon Bon Jovi’s movie roles made headlines this week

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It may not have seemed like such an auspicious film debut at the time, but playing a studly painter in 1995’s little-seen Moonlight and Valentino sure has paid off for Jon Bon Jovi. Beginning next winter, the Jersey rocker will share screen time with a bevy of Hollywood names, including Billy Bob Thornton in the dramatic comedy Homegrown, Edward Burns and Lauren Holly in the Burns-directed Long Time, Nothing New, and JoBeth Williams and Annabella Sciorra in the romantic comedy Little City. All this on the heels of starring in Destination Anywhere, a 45-minute ”film/video” with turns by such stars as Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, currently airing on VH1. ”He just seems to be on everyone’s mind right now,” says Little City director Roberto Benabib. ”There’s a buzz about him. I’m already writing a role just for him in my next movie.” Does this mean Bon Jovi could succeed where other rockers-turned-thespians — including David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Sting — have not? ”Jon has what Tom Cruise has,” says Benabib. ”There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that he’ll be a major film star.” Maybe Cruise should do a cover of ”You Give Love a Bad Name.”