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Aside from its history making performances and mind boggling fashion, the MTV Video Music Awards stage has made a splash as a battle ground of shade time and time again. As we wait in anticipation of the drama that may unfold this Sunday at the 2016 awards, we're looking back at some of the wildest moments in VMAs beef history, from fist-throwing rockers to unabashedly outspoken rappers. Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus, 2015 It all started when Minaj and Taylor Swift exchanged heated comments after the rapper tweeted, "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. »
- Lydia Price, @lydsprice
It’S So Easy And Other Lies, based on Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s New York Times best-selling memoir, is in theaters now. The film chronicles Duff’s rise to fame, his near fatal struggles with addiction, and his transformation into the person he is today.
Recently, I had the chance to speak with director Christopher Duddy. Check it out below!
The doc also features exclusive archival footage and interviews from Duff’s closest friends including fellow Gnr band member Slash, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
How do you adapt a book into a film? That must have been quite the undertaking at the start… What was your approach, and did it stay the same throughout?
It is a tricky undertaking but I had an extra template with the story telling besides the book and that approach was through the live performance Duff gives in the movie. »
- Melissa Howland
Amber Heard leaks like a sieve, at least when it comes to yapping to the media, so claims Johnny Depp, who does not want to give her any of his financial info unless she swears to keep it private. Johnny just filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, in which he concedes Amber is entitled to know something about his financial situation in order to get her cut in their divorce, but he says she has »
- TMZ Staff
In the mid 1980s, there may not have been a bigger rock band than Guns N' Roses. Earlier this year, the band's long-awaited reunion finally happened, with original members Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Slash, along with drummer Frank Ferrer, kicking off their summer tour last night in Detroit. If you're waiting for the band to come to your neighborhood this summer, you can check out a new documentary It's So Easy and Other Lies, debuting on iTunes and VOD formats July 5. To get fans ready for this release, we have an exclusive clip that showcases the band's early years.
The clip features Duff McKagan along with one of his best friends, Ed Huletz, who reveals how uncomfortable he was when his friend was playing huge venues like the Kingdome in Seattle. We also hear from Slash, who reveals that the group was like a "gang," who no one could »
Title: It’s So Easy and Other Lies XLrator Media Director: Christopher Duddy Writer: Christopher Duddy & Duff McKagan Cast: Duff McKagan, Slash, Nikki Sixx, Benny Urquidez, Mike McCready, Dave Kushner, Matt Sorum Rated: Unrated (Language) In Theaters: 06/03/16 You may know Duff McKagan from rock bands such as: Loaded, Guns ‘n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Janes Addiction, and Hollywood Vampires. Here he reads to the audience his New York Times best-selling memoir accompanied by an acoustic band playing covers of his past bands famous ditties. Along with interviews with former bandmates Slash, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner, there are also home movies of his family and life on the road. If you remember VH1′s Storytellers, this is basically the same [ Read More ]
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'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan. 'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie review: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan fails to develop unique idea Any rock and roll documentary that begins with a quote from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and ends with a reference to Norman Rockwell is gunning for something uncommonly rich and thoughtful. Here, the high-toned references are awkwardly applied to the story of Duff McKagan, Seattle-born bassist of the loud and legendary Guns N' Roses and subject of the documentary It's So Easy and Other Lies. In the annals of rock music, McKagan's tale is sadly typical, at least for those who survive long enough to star in a film about themselves: young rocker bounces from band to band before joining a soon-to-be world-famous group, enjoys a rapid ascent to the top, »
- Mark Keizer
Duff McKagan knows about extremes. For one thing, the guy's really tall. (6'3") For another, he was part of arguably one of the last bands to have a significant impact on rock and roll: Guns N' Roses. Not only did the band record the best-selling debut album in rock history, Appetite for Destruction, but they presided over one of the last eras in which rock music truly had a dominant grip on mainstream culture. And McKagan, 52, barely lived through it. A new documentary, It's So Easy and Other Lies, based on his autobiography, explores McKagan's crazy life through the lens »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Review by Stephen Tronicek
Christopher Duddy’s It’S So Easy And Other Lies feels long at 84 minutes, but that’s not a criticism. All that means is the movie, which is about the life of the Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has it’s tone in the right place. It’s a film about a lifetime, and the dynamism of the tone allows the film to feel like an intimate epic.
It helps that the time period covered here is absolutely fascinating. The earlier moments of the film take place in Seattle at the beginning of the punk band scene. The energy that is generated by Duff and the other subjects of the documentary is potent, and exhilarating. There’s an earnestness to listening to Duff talk like you’re talking to an old friend as he pulls artifacts of days past out of a box. . The description »
- Movie Geeks
Music fans are often enthralled with the idea of the high-powered lifestyle that their favorite musicians seemingly live, and fail to realize that their public persona is usually an act that’s constructed to help promote their latest albums. But musicians usually become more willing to honesty share the details of their personal struggles once they overcome the biggest conflicts in their lives. That’s certainly the case in co-writer-director-producer Christopher Duddy’s new autobiographical music documentary, ‘It’s So Easy and Other Lies.’ The film powerfully chronicles the battles that Guns N’ Roses founding member and bass player, Duff McKagan, has contended with throughout his life. Featuring exclusive archival footage, ‘It’s So Easy [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
XLrator Media will screen the Duff McKagan/Guns N’ Roses documentary It’s So Easy and Other Lies: Live At The Moore in 50 cities across the country beginning May 26, prior to the film’s June 3 theatrical release in Los Angeles. Based on the best-selling memoir from McKagan, the band’s founding member and bass player, It’s So Easy features exclusive archival footage and chronicles McKagan's rise to fame and fortune with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, his struggles with… »
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Lily Rabe earned the SXSW Best Actress special jury prize and stars alongside Timotheé Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, YouTube celebrity Anthony Quintal, Oscar Nuñez and Rob Huebel. Miss Stevens is a Beachside presentation of a Beachside and Gilbert Films Production in association with Original Headquarters.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
A trailer has arrived online for the upcoming documentary It’s So Easy and Other Lies, which tells the life story of Guns N’ Roses founding member and bass player Duff McKagan and is based on the musician’s best-selling memoir of the same name; take a look below after the poster and official synopsis….
Based on his New York Times best-selling memoir and featuring exclusive archival footage, this authorized music documentary of Duff McKagan – founding member and bass player for Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and other bands – chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and fortune, his near-fatal struggles with alcohol and drug addiction, and his remarkable life transformation.
It’s So Easy and Other Lies is set for release on June 3rd.
- Amie Cranswick
Following Guns N' Roses recent reunion at Coachella, XLrator Media is set to release a new hard rocking documentary on one of the band's iconic members. The story behind musician Duff McKagan is coming to the big screen on June 3. And today, we have the first trailer for It's So Easy and Other Lies, which exposes the man behind the myth.
Based on Duff McKagan's New York Times best-selling memoir It's So Easy and Other Lies features exclusive archival footage. This is the authorized music documentary of the man behind the music. He is a founding member and bass player for Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and other bands. The movie chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and fortune. We also get to see his near-fatal struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. And the movie also delves into his remarkable life transformation.
It's So Easy and Other Lies features »
Just weeks before Guns N' Roses mount a massive arena tour – with classic-lineup members Duff McKagan and Slash back in the fold – bassist McKagan is putting out a documentary about his life story. The film, It's So Easy and Other Lies, captures a special performance he held at a Seattle Theatre in 2013 when he was promoting his like-titled first memoir. It's due out this summer.
A trailer, which is premiering here, shows a mix of animation, performance and talking-head commentary, beginning with the story of how the bassist left Seattle »
Hells Bells! Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose has been confirmed on vocals for the remainder of AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust' world tour. Rose - who this weekend headlined Coachella alongside Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan - will grab hold of lead singer Brian Johnson's mic in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 and stay with AC/DC for the remainder of their European tour, ending June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark. Rose, 54, will then rejoin Guns N' Roses for their Not in This Lifetime Us stadium tour, before hitting the road with AC/DC for 10 Us »
- Philip Boucher, @philipboucher
Dadchella, anyone? Sylvester Stallone scored some major cool-dad points when he accompanied his daughter Sophia to Coachella over the weekend. The actor proved he could still hang with the cool kids when he was spotted jamming out at a Guns N' Roses show at the star-studded music festival on Saturday. Stallone, 69, posted a video of himself rocking out to the band's performance of their hit song "Welcome to the Jungle." "Nice, Peaceful, quiet family outing at Coachella," he captioned the clip featuring his wife Jennifer Flavin and Sophia. Nice , Peaceful, quiet family outing at Coachella A video posted by Sly »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
Guns N’ Roses, Re-loaded:
The legendary rock band is reuniting for the first time in over 20 years — but there’s still much room for speculation in what could turn out to be an even more major surprise reunion.
Coachella will bring together Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, but no word on remaining originals Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler, nor which members from Guns N Roses’ latest lineup will be involved. Axl Rose and Slash have not reunited since 1993 so that reunion alone is huge news for hardcore fans, but rumbling rumors on social media have hinted that Stradlin and Adler could turn up in Indio, Calif.
The festival will serve as a kickoff of sorts for the upcoming Guns N’ Roses “reunion” tour, which the band has confirmed will span across 21 cities in North America with Axl Rose, Slash and McKagan — but yet again, no word on who else »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Guns N’ Roses finally confirmed the dates of their “Not in This Lifetime Tour” on Friday. Guns N’ Roses Announce ‘Not In This Lifetime Tour’ Dates Speculation of the tour — which reunites singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan — have been spreading for months. Guns N’ Roses put the speculation to […]
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- Shantel Whitaker
This is gonna blow your mind ... and ears. If you thought Guns N' Roses was coming back at less than full force ... listen to Axl Rose launch into "Welcome to the Jungle." Friday night's Troubador show was the first time the classic lineup of Axl, Slash, and Duff McKagan had played together since 1993, and by all accounts they killed it as they ripped through 17 songs. Closer? "Paradise City" ... of course. Paradise City! Guns N' Roses live at the Troubadour. »
- TMZ Staff
[[tmz:video id="0_r89bxjzw"]] Guns N' Roses just started arriving at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood for Friday night's epic show ... and they look like they mean business. We got video of Slash, Duff McKagan, Richard Fortus, and Dizzy Reed as they showed up at the Troubadour to a throng of screaming fans. The guys didn't sign autographs or pose for pics. Pretty clear they're focused on the concert. No sign of Axl Rose, but it's possible he »
- TMZ Staff
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