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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‘Tusk’ Success Means ‘Clerks 3′ Money for Kevin Smith

- 09-29-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Kevin Smith came to the attention of fans everywhere 20 years ago with Clerks, a movie he made for a fistful of credit cards and shot in black and white at the convenience store he worked at. Money is no object for Smith, but you still need the cash to make a movie, even a low budget one, and earlier this year, Smith’s normal benefactors at the Weinstein Company took a pass on a third edition of Clerks. So will we ever find out what happened to Randall and Dante following the end of Clerks II when they bought the Quick Stop? Well, things are looking up Clerks fans because Smith is bragging now that financing for Clerks III has been secured, and it’s all thanks to Smith’s last effort, a movie about a man that turns a hapless victim into a walrus. Oh yeah, spoiler alert! (more…)

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Oscar Isaac Says “Nooooooooooooo” to ‘Star Wars’ Special Edition Changes

- 09-29-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Perhaps the most controversial of George Lucas‘ many controversial maneuvers in regards to the Star Wars franchise is his constant re-tooling of the first three Star Wars movie. So far as Lucas is concerned, each new platform or anniversary for the trilogy’s release is a new opportunity to change something in them a little more. Offending Star Wars fans, film preservationists, and people who think the new edits and effects add nothing substantive to the movies, there’s been a constant discussion about whether or not Lucas should restore the original versions of the films, but now one of those voices is coming from the inside. One of the cast members of Star Wars Episode VII is questioning the sense of constantly re-editing the films, not in a full-throated People Vs. George Lucas kind of way, but its another scratching nag in the volume of criticism against Lucas. (more…)

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Marvel and Kirby Family Settle Long-Time Legal Dispute

- 09-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Marvel Comics, after making billions and billions of dollars based on the works of Jack Kirby, appears to have become magnanimous to the Kirby family, who have now achieved at least a small victory in its intense legal fight with Marvel and their owners at the Walt Disney Company. Just as the case looked to be heading to one final trial at the Supreme Court of the United States, both sides have come out today to say that their differences have been settled and all systems are go for comics, movies and other media to me made about the characters co-created by Kirby at Marvel during his legendary Silver Age run at the publisher. (more…)

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McAdams May Be a ‘True Detective,’ But Page and Mara are ‘Tiny Detectives’

- 09-25-14Funny Videos, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s been a big news week for True Detective fans as information about the second season of the critically-acclaimed HBO show has been coming in fast and furiously. (You’ll get that later.) Following up on the recent casting announcement of Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn for two of the series’ four main roles comes word that Rachel McAdams is circling the third. Nothing’s confirmed just yet, but sources say that McAdams is very close to taking on the role. In the meantime, you can tell that True Detective has fully entered the zeitgeist because now it has its very own parody courtesy of Funny or Die! Get your full load of True Detective news below. (more…)

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First Look at Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’

- 09-25-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Following up on their success last year with the live to air The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer, NBC announced that their next musical theater revival would be the Charlap & Lee production of Peter Pan. Now we’ve already seen Girls star Allison Williams in costume as the titular lead, in keeping with the theatrical tradition of a woman playing the part of Peter, but now NBC has released its first image of Christopher Walken as the piece’s villain, Captain Hook. Walken will walk in the well worn books of Hook which have been put on by the likes of Hans Conried, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Isaacs, and Colin O’Donoghue. So how does he look? Well, look below to take a peak. (more…)

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Two ‘Game of Throners’ Added to the Cast of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

- 09-24-14Books, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With each new casting announcement we have to ask ourselves, is this really happening? Because it appears that the answer is yes. When Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revisionist spin on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hit bookstores in 2009, it was an insta-hit in the making. Blame the high concept of undead Austen, or blame the lukewarm reception to that other Grahame-Smith book adaptation Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, or even blame Canada, but for five long years there’s been no sign that P&P&Z was, ahem, coming to life on cinema screens. But now, it has a distribution deal, and two new cast members in the form of a pair of Game of Thrones actors. Prepare to be Lannistered! because Lena Headey and Charles Dance are coming for romance. And zombie killing! In that order. (more…)

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‘Walking Dead’ Promo Offer in U.K. Invites You to Enjoy a Burger, A Human Burger!

- 09-24-14TV, WTF? Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So it’s lunch time. What are you eating? Would you like some human? Yum, delicious human meat. Tastes like chicken, right? Well now you can be the judge. Hold on. Don’t freak out. No where, and no business, is serving actual human meat because if nothing else it would attract a lot of attention from the city’s health and safety office, not to mention the police department. But in the spirit of cannibalism (if that’s a thing), a pair of chefs from the United Kingdom are giving fans of the series The Walking Dead a chance to enjoy an opportunity for virtual cannibalism, all in the name of promoting the fifth season of the zombie apocalypse drama. (more…)

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‘Star Wars Episode VII’ News – Isaac’s Promises ‘Fiery’ Return, and Another, Colder Return

- 09-23-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s time for our regular Star Wars update, a segment where we take a morsel or two of stray conversation and conflate it to make semi-serious conclusions about what we think might be going down on the set of Episode VII. I know, I know, why so cynical? Fair enough. But one of our news items today’s comes from that school, and the other one comes directly from one of the new cast members. So what do these tips reveal? Well, if the one is right then there will be another well-known locale being visited by the gang in Episode VII, and in the other, the one from the cast member, it promises that this time, the fans passion for the material will be justified, and the promise of the franchise will be fulfilled once more. (more…)

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How to Make Movies the Marvel Way – A New College Course

- 09-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Since the rise of Marvel in the 1960s there’s been books, courses and comic con panels about making comics the “Marvel way,” but with the success of Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps its time we start talking about making movies the Marvel way, and wouldn’t you know it, the annals of American higher learning is answering the call. That’s right nerds, starting in the summer of 2015, if your a student at the University of Baltimore, you too can learn all about the art of making Marvel movies, from a purely educational perspective of course. Now, the U of B ain’t exactly one of your top ten institutions for higher learning, but if you want to learn about comic book movies, maybe it should be. (more…)

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Success! The Leaked Test Footage Proved to Fox that ‘Deadpool’ was Viable

- 09-22-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There’s been a lot of movement on the Deadpool movie in the last couple of weeks. After years of waiting, and wanting, Twentieth Century Fox finally announced last week that the “Merc with the Mouth” was not only greenlighted for his own solo adventure, but it’s also got a release date set in just one and a half years time. To what do we owe this sudden interest in a big screen Deadpool? Well, one could point out the test footage that was released this past summer, and the excitement it generated with fans, as the primary cause, but can it really be that simple?  Actually, it can. And Rob Liefeld says it is. (more…)

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