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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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It’s strange to say, but to kick off this third season of Penny Dreadful things almost seem normal. Although our characters are touched by the supernatural, they all just seemed to be going through the motions in “The Day Tennyson Died,” which itself was a day far from the ordinary in British lore. The day Alfred, Lord Tennyson died – October 6, 1892 – it was like a piece of Victorian England died with him, his standing and influence in Great Britain was as pronounced then as it is today. With a pall cast over the city of London, it’s appropriate then that we catch up with our heroine who’s cast a pall over herself. Alone in England as strange things start to happen again. (more…)

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There are certainly tough times for the Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment executives that were hoping that Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice would be a license to print money. It’s weird to think of a movie that’s made almost $900 million at the worldwide box office as a failure, but there it is, a failure enough to make some people start thinking twice about the course that’s been charted with the DC Extended Universe movies. The rumors are mounting though, and the new one today is that the King of Atlantis might be without a director to tell him what to do in his upcoming solo movie.  (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘The 100’ – S3E13 – “Join or Die”

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It’s hard to quantify this episode of The 100. On the one hand it feels like a place holder moving pieces around for the finale, and on the other a few highly consequential things happen. On the one hand it feels like a bottle episode with a large portion of it taking place in flashback on the Ark, and on the other a primary location gets a pretty radical makeover. “Join or Die” refocuses on the bigger picture as A.L.I.E.’s conquest of Polis seems total, and the fate of those residing there are now in the hands of a known liar, and the guy that every Grounder once wanted dead. (more…)

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Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters everywhere in just one more week, officially kicking off Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Weirdly enough through, this article is all about looking ahead to the end of Phase Three in the form of the Russo Brothers’ follow-up to Civil War, the two-part Avengers: Infinity War. Since Joe and Anthony Russo are currently making the rounds of promotion for Civil War, it would be understandable to hear some words about Infinity War, some ambiguous and non-enlightening words, but words just the same. From what they’re saying though, there’s going to be some big consequences before and after Infinity War. (more…)

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Along the Punisher and Ghost Rider, Wolverine is recognized as one of Marvel Comics most-popular antiheroes, one of the dark and brooding sort that walks a fine line between being a good guy and being a bad guy. The Wolverine movies haven’t quite gone that dark (yet), but they’re also not meant to be some lighthearted romp with lots of one-liners either, which is why this casting news is kind of vexing. As the cast for Wolverine 3, or the Untitled Wolverine Sequel if you like, starts getting firmed up to begin principal photography, the production has announced the hiring of Stephen Merchant. Yes, that Stephen Merchant. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E19 – “Canary Cry”

Killing a main character on a TV show is about one of two things, it’s either done in the name of shock value for the viewer, or it’s done to shake up the characters and spin them off into new directions as they deal with the grief. The sudden murder of Laurel “Black Canary” Lance a few weeks back initially seemed to about the Arrow writers doing the former, but the fallout this week in “Canary Cry” strongly suggests the latter. Strongly, not definitively. There are some impressive performances during the hour, and a fairly strong storyline as well, but is it enough to carry Arrow’s uneven fourth season back to greatness? (more…)

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The strange weird wonderful journey of Blade Runner 2, or Untitled Blade Runner Sequel if you like, continues. First its announcement came out of nowhere more than 30 years after the original’s release, then Ridley Scott stepped down as director and handed the reins over to Denis Villeneuve, and then there was all that release date Musical Chairs… Today though, we’re here to talk about an interesting casting announcement. You may not have heard about Sylvia Hoeks, but the Blade Runner 2 production has and they have cast the Dutch actress in what they’re calling “a leading role” in the sequel. (more…)

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It’s a very busy time in the X-Men movie universe: Deadpool comes out on DVD and Blu-ray in a couple of weeks, X-Men: Apocalypse will be in theaters in less than a month now, and Wolverine 3, or Untitled Wolverine Sequel if you like, will begin principal photography soon. Really soon. Strange then that we still don’t know too much about it. Well here’s another piece of semi-ambiguous news, a well-known English actor has just been cast in the film, and all we know about his character is vague description. Richard E. Grant is joining the cast of Wolverine 3 as “mad-scientist type.” (more…)

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Once upon a time, there was a successful series of books called A Series of Unfortunate Events. Written by the enigmatic Lemony Snicket, it follows the three Baudelaire orphans, whose parents died in a fire and are consequently sent to live with their evil uncle Count Olaf. It’s a feel good tale, not to mention highly successful with over 60 million copies of sold across the whole 13-part series. Netflix is now working on TV version of the books, and some tricky individual on set recently managed to get a picture of Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. At least we think it’s Harris, because as you’ll see, he’s quite unrecognizable. (more…)

Sony Ready to Get ‘Goosebumps’ From Jack Black Again

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It took almost 20 years, but Sony finally did it last fall when Goosebumps arrived in theaters. The anthology of YA horror stories by R.L. Stine was a license to print money in the 90s with several dozen books published, a TV series that ran for four seasons, and lots of spin-offs in the form of games, puzzles, and other merch, but filmmakers just couldn’t crack the formula to turn it into a movie. That changed last year, and the movie was successful enough for Sony to want to invest in a sequel. Now, they’re close to get all the key talent on board to make it happen. (more…)