Adam A. Donaldson

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Profile: Adam A. Donaldson is a writer, journalist, filmmaker and promoter based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He cut his journalism chops at the University of Guelph, as a writer at the student newspaper The Ontarion where we served as Arts & Culture Editor and later Editor-in-Chief. Additionally, Adam has served as Managing Editor of Lucid Media and is currently Editor-at-Large for Press+1. He has also been a contributor to the Guelph Mercury, Guelph Tribune, Waterloo Region Record, thecannon.ca, Echo Weekly, Women’s Post, InformedVote.ca, New Theatre Review and End Type. Adam has also made several short films including “Spooky Kids”, “Environmental Science”, “Zombie Apocalypse” and “Ready/S.E.T./Dunk”, and works with Synn Studios, a multimedia production company in Guelph, as a writer and publicist.

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Is ‘Supergirl’ Going to Join the DC TV Universe with ‘Flash’ and ‘Arrow’?

- 11-26-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Although you can’t shoot a green arrow without hitting a TV show based on a DC Comics property these days, only two – Arrow and The Flash – have any kind of established connectivity with each other. Since it looks like all the DC Universe characters will be on TV at some point now, either introduced in an established show or are being launched into their own series, it begs the question whether or not there will be more crossover potential. Supergirl is an interesting case. Based on the comic book about Superman’s cousin who also finds herself on Earth after Krypton’s explosion, the idea of an alien woman with incredible powers may be too much for the Arrow/Flash-verse and have no place in the gritty realism of Gotham or the supernatural realm of Constantine. Or maybe – maybe – we have that wrong. (more…)

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Epic First Look at ‘Arrow’ Vs ‘The Flash’!

- 11-26-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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At the end of last night’s Flash, which will be recapped later today on Nerd Bastards, The CW effectively teased next week’s epic team-up of the Fastest Man Alive and the Emerald Archer, Arrow. Although The Flash has hardly been shy about borrowing from its “cousin” on Wednesday night – from Oliver’s cameo in the pilot, to Felicity’s visit, to last night’s appearance by the Clock King – this is will be the first time that Arrow and Flash will join superhero forces on a mission that will span two nights and both shows. It’s not exactly The Avengers, but I submit it may be the closest thing to the Justice League we’ll see for a while (at least until Arrow or Flash add more JLA members, The Atom, for example). (more…)

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‘Pan’ Trailer Takes Us Back to Neverland for the First Time

- 11-25-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s one of those weeks, a week when we seem to get a whole bunch of trailers in one go because with the holiday weekend approaching it’s presumed that a lot of us are going to spend it in a movie theater. We’ve already got Jurassic World, we’re going see Star Wars: The Force Awakens either at the end of the week or before, so now it’s time for Pan, the latest in a line of movies aiming to turn well-established fairy tales on their head. Will Pan do for Peter what Oz: The Great and Powerful did for the Wizard, or what Maleficent did for the Sleeping Beauty villainess? Unknown, but I’ll say this: it’s a damn good looking trailer. (more…)

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Rumor du Jour: Is Christoph Waltz Playing Blofeld in ‘Bond 24’?

- 11-25-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Let’s be honest, if you’re a Hollywood casting director and you need a villain, your first call is going to be to Christoph Waltz. Waltz’s ability to be be bad will be on display once again in the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2, which comes out in theaters this week, but when it comes to the upper strata of super-villainy you have two ways to get there: fighting Batman or fighting James Bond. On the subject of the latter, it’s long been supposed that Waltz will be joining the cast of the 24th as-yet-untitled James Bond film, but more than that, rumor has it it will be playing the pivotal role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the Joker to Bond’s Batman. (more…)

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It’s True! ‘Star Wars’ Teaser Coming This Weekend to Some Places

- 11-24-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Good news, everyone. It’s true. The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released this weekend. And in the tradition of Professor Farnsworth, the term “good news” also has a downside, because there are only so many theaters in the country that plan on showing it. As per our report on the weekend, 100 movie theaters in the U.S. this Thanksgiving weekend will show the 90 second teaser for The Force Awakens in front of every single movie, all weekend long. What theaters, you may ask? How long a drive will it be for those of you anxious to chase the Star Wars dragon? Read on… (more…)

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Black Canary Will Arrive in a “Trilogy” on ‘Arrow’

- 11-24-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Yup, it’s a Black Canary trilogy on Arrow. We’ve known from the beginning that Laurel Lance, played by Katie Cassidy, was on a course to become the black clad heroine, and that it was only a matter of time, and as fans of the show have seen, that time is now. Not only have fans of the show seen Laurel training with Ted “Wildcat” Grant to get her vigilante on, but we’ve seen the first pictures of her in full Black Canary regalia, complete with mask and action figure stance. Fans may note that things have been going a little quickly for Canary 2.0, but one of the executive producers of the show says it’s okay because, you know, trilogy. (more…)

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‘Constantine’ Wrapping Up After 13 Episodes, Not Cancelled (Yet) Though

- 11-24-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The Golden Age of comic book shows on TV may have hit an unexpected bump. While shows like Arrow, The Flash and Gotham have been flying high, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been enjoying a much improved second season, we get the sad news today that Constantine, based on the long-running Vertigo book about the exorcist and master of the dark arts John Constantine, will be capped at just 13 episodes for its first season. But unlike the recent NBC’s recent decision to not order anymore episodes of the comedies Bad Judge and A To Z, the network is not framing this as a defacto cancellation. (more…)

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News About that First ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Teaser Evolves…

- 11-23-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Before I begin, can we stop? I mean, when the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens happens, it will happen. Imagine the fun and joy of going into the movie theater one weekend and then – BOOM! – there it is. I know, I know, we live in the era where there are trailers for the trailer in order to feed the steady diet of hype we all need, but there’s precious little value in surprise anymore. Having said that – Surprise! – there are more rumors this weekend concerning that first teaser for Episode VII, one that suggests you won’t have to wait as long as the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to get your first look at that galaxy far, far away as envisioned by J.J. Abrams. (more…)

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ J-Law Keeps it Real in the YA Adaptation Full of Adult Themes

- 11-21-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I know some people are cynical enough to see Twilight and The Hunger Games and see apples and apples, but as anyone that’s taken the time to read the books that the movies are based on knows,  the third Hunger Games chapter, Mockingjay, is where the Suzanne Collins creation separates itself from an comparison to Stephanie Meyer‘s work. The final of Twilight, Breaking Dawn, reads like the Mary Sue wish fulfillment adventure that every hater says it is, with nothing ventured, but everything gained in the end. It’s a fairy tale ending where the monster isn’t slain, he just shrugs and gives up and everything’s cool. Mockingjay, by comparison, will mess you up by the end.

Mockingjay, now split into two chapters because money, is not a sweeping romance, or super-powered adventure. It’s got a head full of very adult themes on war and freedom which belie its young protagonists and their romantic and dramatic complications. But how do you know that Mockingjay – Part 1 is more impacting than your average movie aimed at young adult audience? I watched it in a theater full of teenagers and the whole time they were silent and nary was a cell phone light seen through the two-hour running time. That, my friends, is power. (more…)

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Merrin Dungey Joins Evil Witch Team-Up on ‘Once Upon a Time’

- 11-20-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There was once an idea about fairy tale characters making a life for themselves in the real world, struggling to get by in a strange and terrifying world that’s far, far different then the one they came from, and that idea was Fables. Kidding aside, it is also the idea behind Once Upon a Time, the weekly adventures of a bunch of fairy tale characters trying to make a life for themselves in a small Maine town called Storybrooke. Granted, the show is a great deal more Disney-oriented than Fables (see the current Frozen story arc), which is understandable given that Disney itself produces the show, so naturally one should expect more Disney characters with every new storyline. To wit, prepare to welcome a certain duplicitous half sea witch, half octopus to town. (more…)

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