October 8 [16:00 EDT] -- Jon Bon Jovi has been signed to star in a new movie to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer called "Love Hurts." Variety describes the pic as "a romantic comedy set in the world of bar bands" and reports that Bon Jovi will play a musician but not necessarily the lead singer. Bruckheimer's previous efforts include "Top Gun" and "The Rock."
Bon Jovi is on a two-year break from fronting his own band and so far he's scored a slew of movie roles. He debuted with "Moonlight and Valentino," now out on video, and followed with the long since shot but only recently released film, "The Leading Man." Due out in the near future are "Homegrown," starring Billy Bob Thorton, with the rocker in a cameo as a pot dealer, and "Little City," shot in San Francisco earlier this year, featuring Bon Jovi in a starring role as a bartender. He just completed shooting Ed Burns' "Long Time, Nothing New" in New Jersey and is about to start work on an indie film called "Row Your Boat."
Meanwhile Bon Jovi bandmate Richie Sambora and his wife, actress Heather Locklear, became the parents of a baby girl on the weekend, named Ava Elizabeth Sambora. Locklear, formerly married to Motely Crue's Tommy Lee, stars in the primetime soap Melrose Place.