Influential Southern California skateboarder Jay Adams has died, his manager Susan Ferris tells KPCC. Adams, known as "The Original Seed" of skateboarding, was 53.
"I received a text very early this morning from Alan Sarlo who is in Mexico on a surf trip with Jay and some others," fellow skater Stacy Paralta wrote for Thrasher Magazine. "In the text Alan said Jay had died of a massive heart attack at 1am this morning. Alan was apparently holding Jay in his arms as he passed."
Adams didn't have a history of heart problems, according to Ferris.
Adams was an original member of the Z-Boys skateboarding team (formally the Zephyr Competition Team) in the late 1970s in a part of Santa Monica and Venice known as Dogtown. Among other accomplishments, they were known as the first to ride in empty swimming pools. He was seen in the 2001 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and represented in the film "Lords of Dogtown."
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Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the Radio Disney Totally 10 Birthday Concert held at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on July 22, 2006 in Anaheim.
Radio Disney is selling 23 radio stations and moving the kids-oriented programming to satellite and digital-only distribution, Broadcasting & Cable reports. However, they're holding on to one key station: Los Angeles's KDIS 1110 AM, which will be where the national signal originates from.
The network has helped make artists into huge stars with kids, paired with airplay on the Disney Channel to get the earworms into tween brains who will hopefully stick by those artists as they grow up.
Here's a look at videos from some of the most iconic Radio Disney artists:
Miley Cyrus — "Party in the U.S.A."
Arguably the most popular combination of huge Disney Channel and Radio Disney star with mainstream success, Cyrus made her name on "Hannah Montana," where she played pop star Hannah Montana with the secret identity of Miley... Stewart. She started to break out from her Disney homeland with hit "The Climb," then firmly established herself with "Party In The U.S.A." — before completely turning from her Disney image with more recent hits like "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball."
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Video of Zoe Saldana as Gamora in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" stormed multiplexes with its Star Warsian vibe, but if you want to pick up some merch, there's a little less of it if you're a fan of the film's female lead Gamora.
Writer Amy Ratcliffe wrote about the discrepancy earlier this week and encouraged people to tweet about it with the hashtag #WheresGamora. She noted that Gamora didn't have as much solo merchandise, but found it more disturbing that she was left off of items featuring the entire Guardians team.
She specifically cited a men's T-shirt spotted at Downtown Disney that features five columns with several images in each... but doubling-up on the male characters rather than dropping any Gamora in there. (But wait, how exactly are Groot's tree-people gendered?) That T-shirt also isn't the only one:
A deal has been reached to keep the Kodak film company in business through the downturn in the use of film in favor of digital photography, and it's being financed by major Hollywood studios, according to media reports.
"It's a financial commitment, no doubt about it," Weinstein Company co-chairman Bob Weinstein said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "But I don't think we could look some of our filmmakers in the eyes if we didn't do it."
The Hollywood notables who helped push for the continued manufacturing of traditional film include J.J. Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Abrams is using traditional film to shoot the new Star Wars film, while Nolan just used it on the forthcoming sci-fi film "Interstellar."
"After extensive discussions with filmmakers, leading studios and others who recognize the unique artistic and archival qualities of film, we intend to continue production," company CEO Jeff Clarke said in a statement on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
Another year of one of the world's biggest pop culture convention, San Diego Comic-Con 2014, is in the books. Here are the key moments — and lack of key moments — that fans are talking about coming out of this year's convention.
Marvel, DC disappoint fans by keeping movie plans under wraps
The fans who made it in for the first Hall H panel Saturday morning were the ones who camped overnight, and while they had the chance to see some first peeks, they were left wanting when it came to announcements about the cinematic futures of the two big comic book companies.
At the Warner Bros. movie panel, director Zack Snyder brought out the cast of the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," including Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). The cast proceeded to wave at the fans then immediately leave, without answering any questions from either the moderator or fans, or saying anything at all.