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Adam A. Donaldson

  • 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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Disney has enjoyed tremendous success with their live-action remakes of their animated films (or at least the ones not named Alice Through the Looking Glass). That proverbial home run streak will be tested again next spring when Disney releases its latest remake effort, Beauty and the Beast, but despite the fact that its coming out in only seven months, all we’ve seen so far is a brief teaser trailer. What gives? Doesn’t Disney know we’re starving for details? Well we’ve now got the second best thing to official released teases, leaked teases. And this one reveals what two of the main characters in the movie might look like. (more…)

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Things have been pretty quiet on the X-Men front since the release of X-Men: Apocalypse in May. On the other hand, no news is good news, especially in light of the recent reveal that Doug Liman has abandoned Gambit in favor of Justice League Dark, so perhaps no further announcement about future X-Men projects isn’t so bad. But now there’s this: news about the upcoming New Mutants film. The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was recruited last year to bring the team of junior X-Men in training to the big screen, and now they’re making it a full Fault reunion by bringing onboard screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. (more…)

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Captain America: Civil War comes out on video in a couple of weeks, so it seems like an excellent time to look back and consider all the things that weren’t in the movie. Yes, there were ideas and characters that were rumored to be a part of the story, and that’s despite the fact it had two teams of Avengers, a new villain, and no less than two major new heroes that were introduced. Civil War was stuffed, but how much more stuffed could have been in it? Joe and Anthony Russo address that in a recent interview, and they also discussed their thoughts about Spider-Man: Homecoming. (more…)

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We should have seen in this coming. The success of Deadpool earlier this year at the box office, has emboldened Rob Liefeld, who co-created Merc with the Mouth, to dig back into menagerie and see what else he can make a profit on. After all, everything else he’s ever done must be genius too, right? That assertion will be put to the test next year when Liefeld and Image Comics relaunch Youngblood, which was one of the founding books and a million seller for Image back in 1992. But this isn’t the same Youngblood from the 90s though, this is an all-new Youngblood that looks laid back and chill for the 20-teens. (more…)

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Last year’s premiere of Ash Vs Evil Dead on Starz came after years of discussion about the possibility of an Evil Dead 4. The film series, which started as a nearly no-budget indie in 1981, included one sequel that was a slightly bigger budgeted remake called Evil Dead II in 1987, and then the ultimate third chapter called Army of Darkness, which was made with actually Hollywood money, in 1992. For the two decades after that though, it seemed the further adventures of Ash Williams, the series grandiose hero played by Bruce Campbell, were firmly stuck in development hell, but now, director Sam Raimi has shed some light on why, and before you ask it was more a problem with him than anything else. (more…)

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You may be enjoying the current trend of superhero movies, but they do suffer from a couple of key criticisms on a general basis aside from the quality of the individual films. For instance, superheroes in these films tend to be white, and male, and for the most part, their nationality tends to be American. The heroes themselves tend to be American, or the action predominately takes place in the United States, heck one of the Avengers is actually called Captain America. So Russia, apparently, is looking to address the imbalance with their own superhero movie. Prepare for the awe-inspiring might of the “Avengers of the East,” the mightiest heroes of the former of Soviet Union, The Guardians. (more…)

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Legends of Tomorrow wrapped up its first season with what seemed like a resolution to its raison d’être; Vandal Savage was defeated, and the Time Lords were deposed. So that’s a wrap for the Legends, right? With all their enemies dead there was no more reason for them to time travel together. Hold on there because the show was renewed for a second season, which means we need a reason for the Legends to get the band back together, and executive producer Marc Guggenheim outlined some reasons in a recent interview.  (more…)

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It’s a Pokemon world, we’re just living in it! The debut of Pokemon Go on smart phones everywhere last month became a smash hit and cultural sensation, but the fact of the matter is that Pokemon has been part of kids’ pop culture diet for two decades now; it transverses generations. A big part of that is Veronica Taylor, who that first generation of Pokemon fans will recognize as the voice of Ash, and the voice of Ash’s mom, in the English dub of the Pokemon anime that ran for eight seasons and several movies in the late 90s/early 00s.

Taylor’s credits include a long list of animated shows from both sides of the Pacific Ocean. You can hear her in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as April O’Neal, or as Scarlett in the anime G.I. Joe: Sigma 6. Taylor’s credits also includes Slayers, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Mobile Suit Gundam, and the latest dub of Sailor Moon. You can also hear her vocal talents reading books written by Judy Blume, Danielle Steel, and Mary Kay Andrews, and in video games like Ape Escape 2, Grand Adventure, and World of Warcraft. Today though, the topic of discussion was Pokemon, and the legacy that Taylor has helped sew as we countdown the days to Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, where Taylor will reunite with many of the people that have made Pokemon, and continue to make it, the success that it is.  (more…)

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Back in 1989, Paramount Pictures released the fifth movie in the Star Trek film series. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was even more anticipated than usual for a Star Trek movie, coming hot on the heels of the highly-successful Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, at the time, the most popular and profitable Star Trek film released. Paramount, feeling cocky we assume, let a first time feature director named William Shatner take the helm of the new movie, and the result was, shall we say, disastrous. But several years, and several movies later, Shatner can now talk candidly about his mistakes, and frankly, it was all Paramount’s fault, for letting him spend their money badly. (more…)

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It’s an old story: a bunch of rogues on a spaceship trying to fight their way across the universe with a hundred enemies all after their hides. Dark Matter, now in its second season on SyFy, continues in that fine tradition featuring a group of mercenaries with no memory of who they are, trying to scratch out a living, and stay one step ahead of the law, while trying to deal with their pasts and possibly overcome them. Amongst the crew of the Raza is Three played by Anthony Lemke.

Three is the smart alec bad ass with a heart of gold on Dark Matter; always the first to suggest self-preservation over intervention, always full of snark and sarcasm especially for his fellow crew members, and always ready to go with his sidearm, Bubba. Lemke is no stranger to being the bad guy, his breakout role was as the antagonist Captain Grisham in Queen of Swords, but he’s remained a busy, working actor with stints on Lost GirlThe Listener, and in the Roland Emmerich movie White House Down. As Dark Matter’s second season was about to take off (space pun intended), Nerd Bastards got the chance to sit down with Lemke to talk about sci-fi, acting like you have amnesia, and whether or not he’s optimistic about the future…. (more…)