Hit film won't 'Lego' of top spot

ASSOCIATED PRESS KISS members (from left) Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley won't play the Hall of Fame.
ASSOCIATED PRESS KISS members (from left) Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley won't play the Hall of Fame.
Posted: February 25, 2014

AFTER SO MANY movies based on toys have sunk like a "Battleship," has the unbelievable success of the "The Lego Movie" taught Hollywood anything?

You know, like the movie needs to be good.

For the third weekend in a row, the animated comedy adventure, based on 82-year-old plastic Danish building blocks, took the No. 1 slot at the box office, and a sequel was set for May 2017.

Such success can only mean that somewhere "The Lincoln Log Movie" is in development.

"Lego," featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman, earned $31.5 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. The domestic total has passed $183 million.

"3 Days to Kill," starring Kevin Costner and Amber Heard, came in second with $12.3 million in its first weekend.

Critics and patrons said volca-NO to "Pompeii," which took third, with $10 million.

KISS won't make up

KISS has announced it will not perform when it's inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on April 10.

The 40-year-old group is unable to agree on which lineup should perform during the ceremony and has decided not to plug in at all.

The dispute concerns whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in a live performance, or whether the current lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer would play instead.

In a message on its website, KISS said, "Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members" but it is "an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone."

The dispute was brought to a head when Frehley called into Eddie Trunk's syndicated radio show Friday night to say that Simmons and Stanley had rejected a reunion with the original four members for the induction.

"They just shot down any type of reunion with us," Frehley said. "It's very frustrating. It's what the fans wanted, it's what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it's not gonna happen. You don't want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?"

The band's statement said it has never refused to play with Frehley and Criss.

Hart Image a winner

Box-office giant Kevin Hart ("Ride Along," "About Last Night") won Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, while Forest Whitaker was honored with awards for both his career and his latest role as a White House butler.

"12 Years a Slave" won the best motion picture award, while newcomer Lupita Nyong'o won best supporting actress for her role in the drama.

Angela Bassett won best actress for her role in "Black Nativity," while David Oyelowo won best supporting actor for his work in " Lee Daniels' The Butler."

Pregnant Kerry Washington, the big winner last year, took home the award for best actress in a TV drama series for her starring role in "Scandal," which also won best drama series.


*  David Carr in the New York Times reports that CNN and " Piers Morgan Live" are parting ways after three years, probably next month.

The divorce is due to irreconcilable ratings.

Morgan still hopes to do occasional special reports and big interviews for the network.

*  Erin Andrews will soon be doing very brief interviews for ABC.

She's replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet as co-host of "Dancing with the Stars."

* Daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has chosen the nearly 1,000-foot deep Tallulah Gorge in the northeast Georgia mountains for a future crossing.

The Georgia gorge holds special meaning for Wallenda, since his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda crossed it on a high wire on July 18, 1970.

Now, say "Georgia's gorges" three times fast.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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