THEY WANT THEIR MTV
How did rocker Jon Bon Jovi nab movie stars Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Bacon to perform in the recently released short film for his second solo album, Destination Anywhere? They are all friends," says Bon Jovi, 35, who made his movie debut in 1995's Moonlight and Valentino. "Everyone gave me their time. Demi, I think, felt a kinship to the record because she introduced me to [ex-Eurythmic] Dave Stewart, who coproduced four of the tracks. Whoopi did Moonlight with me. And Kevin is making his first record [as singer-guitarist in the Bacon Brothers band] as I'm breaking into acting, so we hit it off." Having just wrapped his role in the upcoming drama Long Time, Nothing New with Ed Burns and Lauren Holly, Bon Jovi knows he has come a long way onscreen. "If you ever want to torture me," he says, "tie me to a chair and make me watch my old videos."

HEAVENLY DAYS
Angela Bassett ventures into alien territory in the sci-fi flick Contact (reviewed, page 17) starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. "I want to go boldly where few women have gone before," says Bassett, 38, who plays a White House staffer. "But if I had the opportunity to go to the moon, I'd pass. From my perspective on Earth, it's gorgeous. I'm fine just looking at it." Plus she's pretty well grounded, now that she is engaged to actor Courtney Vance (The Preacher's Wife). "I'm still single, but I have faith that's going to change," says Bassett. "These things take time. It's going to be in 1997, but we haven't set a date. I'm going to ?ft make it as soon as I can, believe me."

IN EARTHA YEARS
Eartha Kitt is one actress who never lied about her age. TV's former Catwoman didn't know how old she was until students at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., where Kitt narrated a play earlier this year, tracked down her birth certificate. "I'm glad I found a piece of paper that says I exist. Up until now, I existed only in the eyes of the public," says Kitt, who discovered she was born Jan. 17, 1927, in St. Matthews, S.C. "It's strange because I always knew I was somewhere between 68 and 70." Without any official documentation, Kitt—who was adopted at 6 when her mother died and does not know who her father was—had picked her own birth date. "It's been the 26th of January since the beginning of time," says Kitt, "and I'm not going to change it and confuse my fans."

RAGING BLOB
Sylvester Stallone, best known for playing muscly heroes, admits that putting on some 40 pounds for Cop Land, the police drama due Aug. 1, was an uncomfortable stretch. "When I first gained weight, I'd be like, 'I'm doing a film. This isn't me,' " says Stallone, 51. "I was giving disclaimers. Finally I said, Just live it and shut the hell up.' Overweight people don't walk around saying, 'This isn't me.' " Although Stallone has since trimmed down to his pre-Cop Land weight, he's less obsessed with physical perfection. "I lost the vanity that's involved with bodybuilding," he says. "My vanity almost bordered on being feminine. I had a very hardened, nasty look. Now I feel better than ever."