Rocker Gene Simmons has dashed Kiss fans' hopes of an original line-up reunion following the group's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in April (14), insisting there's "not a chance" of a get together. As Simmons and frontman Paul Stanley prepare for a residency in Las Vegas while touring with Def Leppard, devotees are hoping that Ace Frehley and Peter Kriss will join them onstage - but the bassist insists current bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer will never be replaced.
He tells The Tampa Tribune, "We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to Tommy and Eric. It wouldn't be right."
Simmons and Stanley refused to perform at the Hall of Fame gala after learning Thayer and Singer would not be honoured alongside Frehley and Kriss.
The bass player adds, "We only did the induction with Ace and Peter because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the face that they didn't acknowledge Tommy and Eric. They've been in the band longer than Ace and Peter."
Rocker Gene Simmons can see an end in sight for his band Kiss - because he doesn't want to tour forever. The bass player admits age is taking its toll on him and he doesn't think he has many live treks left in him.
He tells the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm 64 now. Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind."
Simmons and KISS co-founder Paul Stanley will hit the road with Def Leppard this summer (14). They'll also headline a big gig for fans of their new Los Angeles arena football team L.A. Kiss.
Kiss star Gene Simmons has taken aim at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bosses for inducting rappers into their Ohio museum. The bass player and his band will be added to the Hall of Fame in April (14) after a series of near misses in recent years, but the rockers aren't exactly thrilled about the honour.
Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley feel they should have been inducted years ago - and they're annoyed that rap acts like Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy got in before them.
Speaking to Radio.com, Simmons says, "A long time ago it was diluted. It's really backroom politics... A few people decide what's in and what's not. And the masses just scratch their heads. You've got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Run-DMC in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? You're killing me! That doesn't mean those aren't good artists. But they don't play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!
"If you asked Madonna, 'What kind of artist are you?' do you think she would say, 'Oh, rock!' So what they hell are they doing in the Hall of Fame? They can run their organisation any way they'd like, but it ain't rock! It just isn't! If you don't play guitar and you don't write your own songs, you don't belong there."
Earlier this month (Mar14), singer Stanley revealed KISS would not be performing at the induction ceremony.
Rocker Gene Simmons once talked Eddie Van Halen out of joining Kiss by insisting the guitar great would be miserable as Ace Frehley's replacement. The bass player tells Guitar World magazine that Van Halen came close to leaving his namesake band and joining KISS in the early 1980s following a series of spats with frontman David Lee Roth.
Simmons recalls, "He was so unhappy about how he and Roth were - or weren't - getting along. He couldn't stand him. And drugs were rampant."
The guitarist invited Simmons out for dinner in New York to sound him out about the possibility of him becoming a member of KISS, but the Detroit Rock City hitmaker told Van Halen his band wasn't big enough for the both of them - and singer Paul Stanley.
Simmons says, "I told him, 'Eddie, there's not enough room. You need to be in a band where you can direct the music. You're not going to be happy in Kiss'. I talked him out of it. It didn't fit."
Instead, Vinnie Vincent, who joined the rock icons for their dinner date, signed on as KISS' new guitarist.
Kiss star Gene Simmons has revealed that he and Paul Stanley turned their backs on the chance to perform at the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony after learning museum bosses only wanted to honour the original members of the group. The bass player tells Entertainment Weekly Radio that he and Stanley spoke to former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss after learning they had been inducted at last, and the foursome had agreed that they would all accept the honour, but the current KISS line-up, featuring Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, would perform at the Barclays Center ceremony in New York on 10 April (14).
But then Hall of Fame officials made it clear they only wanted the original line-up onstage.
Simmons says, "Paul and I got on the phone and called Ace and Peter: 'Hey, congratulations. It was an honour to stand alongside you then and we’ll be proud to stand alongside of you at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to accept the award'. And they were gracious and happy... and we went off our separate ways (sic).
"And then we found out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will only be honouring the original line-up, with Ace, Peter, Paul and myself, and we said, ‘Oh, OK then, we won’t be playing there. We’ll just accept the award. Thank you very much'. And they go, 'What are you talking about?’ and I said, ‘Well, you have a group like the Eagles, who continue to be our contemporaries... and every member that has even been in the Eagles has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but you’re only gonna honour the first line-up that was together for seven years? We’ve been around 40 years!'
"Tommy and Eric have been in the band 20 years - two and a half times longer than Ace and Peter. You’re going to slap them in the face and we’re supposed to get... get up onstage and do it? No, that’s not going to happen."
He adds, "Imagine you’re being invited to be inducted at an award ceremony and you get to bring only the first person you ever went out with in your life. The one, your beloved right now? She can’t come, or he can’t come. They get to stay home, they don’t get honoured'... That’s not going to fly."
KISS will be inducted alongside Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates, among the Class of 2014.
TriStar Pictures via Everett Collection
An hour and change into Pompeii, there's a volcano. You'd think there might have been a volcano throughout — you'd think that the folks inhabiting the ill-fated Italian village would have been dealing with the infamous volcano for the full 110 minutes. After all, volcano movies have worked before. Volcano, for instance. And the other one. But for some reason, Pompeii feels the need to stuff its first three quarters with coliseum battles, Ancient Rome politics, unlikely friendships, and a love story. But we don’t care. We can't care. None of it warrants our care. Where the hell is the volcano, already?
To answer that: it's off to the side — rumbling. Smoking. Occasionally spiking the neighboring community with geological fissures or architectural misgivings. Pretty much executing every trick picked up in Ominous Foreshadowing 101, but never joining the story. Not until Paul W.S. Anderson shouts, "Last call," hitting us with a final 20-odd minutes of unmitigated disaster (in a good way). If you've managed to maintain a waking pulse throughout the lecture in sawdust that is Pompeii's story, then you might actually have a good time with the closing sequence. It has everything you’d expect — everything you had been expecting! — and delivers it with gusto. Torpedoes of smoke running hordes of idiot villagers out of their homes and toward whatever safety the notion of forward has to offer. Long undeveloped characters rising to the occasion to rescue hapless princesses who thought it might be a good idea to set their vacation homes at the foot of a lava-spewing mountain. The whole ordeal is actually a lot of laughs. But it amounts to a dessert just barely worth the tasteless dinner we had to force down to get there.
TriStar Pictures via Everett Collection
To get through the bulk of Pompeii, we recommend focusing all your attentions away from the effectively bland slave/gladiator/hero Kit Harington — sorry, Jon Snow (he's actually called a bastard at one point) — and onto his partner in crime: a scowling Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje — sorry, Mr. Eko (he and Snow actually trade valedictions by saying "I'll see you at another time, brother" at one point) — who warms up to his fellow prize fighter during their shared time in the klink, and delivers his moronic material with a sprinkle of flair. Keeping the working man down is Kiefer Sutherland — sorry, Jack Bauer — as an ostentatious Roman senator, doling out vainglory in Basil Fawlty-sized portions. When he's not spitting scowls at peasants, ol' JB is undermining the efforts of an earnest local governor Jared Harris — sorry, Lane Pryce (he actually calls someone a mad man at one point) — and his wife Carrie-Anne Moss — sorry, Katherine O'Connell from Vegas (joking! Trinity) — and finagling the douchiest marriage proposal ever toward their daughter Emily Browning — sorry, but I have no idea what she's from.
But questionable television references and some enjoyably daft performances by Eko and Jack can't really make up for the heft of mindless dullness that Pompeii passes off as its narrative... until the big showstopper.
The best player in the World for movie trailers, Hollywood interviews and movie clips.
In truth, the last sequence is a gem. It's fun, inviting, and energizing, and might even call into question the possibility that Pompeii is all about how futile life, love, friendship, politics, and pride are when even the most egregiously complicated of plots can be taken out in the end by a sudden volcanic eruption. But you have to wade through that egregious complication to get there, and you shouldn't expect to have too much of a good time doing so.
Follow @Michael Arbeiter
| Follow @Hollywood_com
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is heading back to reality TV for a new show about his efforts to build an arena football team in Los Angeles. The bass player and his bandmate Paul Stanley became owners of new sporting franchise Los Angeles KISS last year (13) and now Simmons' first attempt at running a team is to be captured on camera for U.S. cable network AMC.
The untitled series will be the rock star's first reality TV show since Gene Simmons Family Jewels ended after seven seasons.
Unlike Alfred Hitchcock, whose media presence and routine cameos made him a recognizable face on top of his legendary Hollywood status, title sequence designer and graphic artist Saul Bass is relatively unknown to most moviegoers. But he's the foundation for many of Hitchcock's work. His use of jagged edges, psychedelic imagery, and percussive editing set the tone for a Hitchcock thriller — and over his 40+ year career, a handful of other classics.
Today, Google pays tribute to Bass on what would have been his 93rd birthday (he was born on May 8, 1920 and passed away on April 25, 1996). In the fashion of some of his greatest graphic achievements, including Vertigo, North by Northwest, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Robert Wise's West Side Story, John Frankenheimer's Seconds, and Michael Anderson's Around the World in 80 Days, Google has whipped up its own stylish title sequence:
In 1962, Bass explained his approach to designing a title sequence to film critic Pauline Kael. “I try to reach for a simple, visual phrase that tells you what the picture is all about and evokes the essence of the story.”
Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches
More: 8 Amazing Pop Culture Google DoodlesHow They Made the 'Skyfall' Credit Sequence5 of Ray Harryhausen's Greatest Monster Creations
From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
It's been three years since Percy Jackson saved the world in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and now he's back to do it again. Well, except this time he's really only saving Camp Half-Blood first, but hey, that's his world!
The first trailer for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters just hit the web, and clearly those three years in-between filming movies have been kind to the stars. Logan Lerman is back as Poseidon's son Percy Jackson, and he's teaming up with his maybe-more-than-a-friend, daughter-of-Athena Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), satyr Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), and newly-discovered-half-brother cyclops Tyson (Douglas Smith) to find the mythical Golden Fleece that will cure their camp's poisoned borders... poisoned by a revenge-seeking son-of-Hermes Luke (Jake Abel). The stakes are higher, the action is bigger, and the monsters are downright massive in their quest to save Camp Half Blood, and then stop the titan Kronos from rising again to defeat his sons, the Gods of Olympus.
RELATED: 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' Trailer
The demigods must travel through the Sea of Monsters (a.k.a. the Bermuda Triangle), tangle with the mother of all sea monsters Charybdis, and battle an army of zombies to save their home and the world. Add in some heavier players like the sarcastic and spiteful God of Wine, Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) and Luke's shifty father, Hermes himself (Nathan Fillion), plus a new head centaur (Anthony Head replaces Pierce Brosnan's role as Chiron) and a cocky daughter-of-Ares Clarisse (Leven Rambin), and Percy and co. are in for another tough quest ahead. Watch the trailer below:
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits theaters August 16, 2013 in 3D.
Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum
[Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
It may not be June, but that sure didn’t stop a bevy of stars from tying the knot this past weekend. From a surprise romance in Italy to a country-themed hoedown near Nashville, celebrities said their vows, cut their cakes, and danced the night away in a number of styles on Saturday and Sunday. But just who said their “I dos” and to whom? Let’s say our congratulations to these five lucky-in-love couples:
Not So Les Miserable
The Dark Knight Rises’ Anne Hathaway married Adam Schulman on Saturday evening at a private estate in Big Sur, California; they celebrated with over 150 family and friends. Hathaway wore a dress designed especially for her by her good friend Valentino. The couple, engaged since last November, had dated for three years prior.
So You Think You Can Marry?
According to the BBC, Cat Deeley (35), So You Think You Can Dance host, married Irish comedian Patrick Kielty (41) on Saturday. The top secret ceremony, planned months in advance, was intimate with only 60 friends and family in attendance at St. Isidore’s College Church in Rome, Italy. In fact, Deeley and Kielty didn’t even tell their friends until only a few days before tying the knot and paid for their guests to fly out to celebrate with them – how generous! The couple met 10 months ago while presenting at the BBC1 talent show Fame Academy and have been together ever since.
Married Again ... And Again!
While Stanley Tucci (51) and Felicity Blunt (31) secretly wed in June, they finally celebrated with family, friends, and celebrities galore in London on Saturday, People reports. The bride’s sister, Looper's Emily Blunt, served as a bridesmaid while Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi performed best man duties. Tucci and Blunt had announced their engagement last November. Tucci’s first wife, Kate, died in 2009 from breast cancer.
Kings of Leon Officially Off the Market
Jared Followill (25) was the last single member of band Kings of Leon. The bassist wed his girlfriend, model Martha Patterson (21), on Saturday 40 miles outside of Nashville in a country-themed wedding, People reports. Followill expressed his newlywed bliss on Twitter by tweeting prior to the ceremony, "Today, I get married. It's the biggest step I've ever taken. I've dreamed about this day since I was a little girl." Then, a day later, "Aaaaaand I'm married. Happiest man in the world."
From the Runway to the Aisle
Lisa D'Amato (30), America's Next Top Model Cycle 5 contestant and Cycle 17 All-Stars winner, married her fiancé Adam Friedman (37) on Sunday in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Castle in Hollywood Hills, reports E! Online. The couple celebrated with a few of D’Amato’s ANTM friends like Bre Scullark and Alexandria Everett, as well as Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum
[Photo Credits: WENN, Getty Images]
Rick Ross and Young Jeezy Allegedly Brawl at BET Hip Hop Awards — REPORT
UPDATE: Lindsay Lohan Allegedly Assaulted in New York — REPORT
Justin Bieber Can Vomit and Sing Simultaneously — VIDEO
From Our Partners:
Bill Rancic Tweets Adorable Photo of Baby Edward (PHOTO)
Real Housewives of NJ Reunion: 5 Hottest Moments