Jon Bon Jovi Furthers His Acting Career

March 21 [12:00 EST] -- Jon Bon Jovi (who will reportedly star opposite Lauren Holly in the next Ed Burns movie, titled "Long Time, Nothing New") is scheduled to appear in an upcoming film called "Homegrown," by the suddenly ultra-hot Billy Bob Thornton.

Thornton is up for two Oscars at Monday night's Academy Awards show for writing and starring in the new movie "Sling Blade."

The filmmaker teamed with Grammy-winning producer and musician Daniel Lanois (who produced the latest Luscious Jackson effort, "Fever In Fever Out") for the score to "Homegrown." Thorton was apparently so happy with the outcome that he's reportedly hoping to re-team with Lanois on another project.

MTV News will be there to see how Thorton fares on Oscar night with coverage of the ceremony, the Oscar parties, and all the usual attendant hoopla starting next Tuesday morning.