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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Rumor: Warners Looking to Frankenstein a ‘Wonder Woman’ Script from 6 Contenders

- 12-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So the amount of faith invested in Warner Bros.’ handling of its DC Comics properties can be measured in a thimble, but that’s not to say there’s no hope at all. As Warners gambles on Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice to establish its own expansive and interconnected universe in one ambitious movie, they also have several follow up projects scheduled for release in 2016 and beyond. One of them, of course, is Wonder Woman, who, as we already know, appears in Batman V. Superman. The solo Wonder Woman film based on the comic about the powerful Amazonian warrior now has a star (Gal Gadot), a director (Michelle MacLaren), and a release date (June 2017), but what it still lacks is a script. Good thing then that the studio is reportedly working on six of them. (more…)

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George R.R. Martin Will Have His Own ‘Interview’ Screening (with Black Jack and Hookers)

- 12-19-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Probably not with the Black Jack and Hookers, but George R.R. Martin is fightin’ mad about Sony Pictures‘ move to cancel the release of The Interview. Now opinions, as they say, are like @$$holes – everyone’s got one – and while Sony has been chastised for kowtowing to terrorists rather than standing up for artistic expression, corporations always side on the option of least resistance. In this instance, that means weighing the potentiality of something happening against the likelihood that anything will happen, and Sony says better safe than sorry. But what will happen to The Interview? Last night on The Daily Show, Chris Rock affirmed that The Interview will get a release, and if it does, George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series of books, will be happy to provide it a venue. (more…)

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No Spidey for ‘Civil War’ But for ‘Infinity War’? Maybe…

- 12-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The ongoing cyber-hacking issues of Sony Pictures have been both morally ambiguous and informative. In the wake of the cancellation of the release of The Interview, which Nerd Bastards commented on earlier today, news continues to be parsed from stolen e-mails about the various people and projects at Sony’s two studios, and a lot of that news has concerned Marvel Studios, the Walt Disney Company and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We discussed yesterday how negotiations to get Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War came apart as time was getting down to the wire for production to get started on the film. The end result was that there will be no cameo in Civil War for Spidey, but that was by no means the end of the discussion, and by no means the end of the negotiations. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are many ways to draw Spider-Man into the fold. (more…)

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Mo-Cap Made Spader Feel Robotic Enough for ‘Ultron’

- 12-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There’s a story about how the normally jovial and kind-hearted Ian McKellen lost his cool in the first days of filming The Hobbit trilogy when he looked around the set and realized he was acting against a bunch of photos of actors attached to sticks standing in for dwarves. In case you’ve never tried it, acting with a bunch of faces on sticks isn’t easy, as acting against inanimate objects because of modern film technology is sometimes cumbersome to giving a human performance. But what if the character you’re playing isn’t human? Motion capture technology is the method that director Joss Whedon chose to bring the titular villain to life in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and according to Whedon, the outfit and the technology actually helped actor James Spader get in touch with his inner-robot. (more…)

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Moving On Spider-Man-Less

- 12-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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In the comic book version of Marvel’s Civil War, a pretty key part is played by Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man; his backing of Tony Stark and the pro-registration movement was the watershed moment in the miniseries when Spidey unmasked as Peter Parker at the end of Civil War #2. When the plot line of the third Captain America was revealed to be based on Civil War, many fans wondered if it was a sign that Spidey might come home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after rumblings over the last several months (confirmed by e-mails released by hackers last week) that Sony was looking at a Spider-Sharing deal with Walt Disney and Marvel Studios. As we know now though, that talk was just talk, and sources inside Marvel are confirming that Captain America: Civil War is now proceeding without Spider-Man. (more…)

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Jason Reitman Reveals Main Cast for his Reading of ‘Empire’

- 12-17-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Aside from being the son of a well-known film director, and for being an accomplished Academy Award-nominated filmmaker in his own right, Jason Reitman is perhaps most famous for his live stage readings of well-known screenplays at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Reitman has staged Ghostbusters and The Big Lebowski, in the past, but this month’s entry is truly ambitious: The Empire Strikes Back. As much as casting is tricky whenever one of these readings is mounted, it must be no easy task to fill the mythic shoes of Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz. Reitman recently revealed who will play some of the key roles in his Empire reading, and in an interview he highlighted the reasons why he’s chosen the chosen ones. (more…)

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‘Doctor Who’ Too Dark? Not According to Moffat

- 12-16-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There may be a great many grown up nerds amongst its fan faithful, but Doctor Who was conceived, sold and continues to be marketed as a family show. Say whaaaaaaaaat? Yes, consider the Saturday at 8 pm timeslot, the lack of blood and bad language, and the hero’s aversion to violence and always using the power of his mind over a firearm. Yes, Doctor Who is meant for kids to enjoy every bit as much, if not more, than the adults who also enjoy it. But has it gotten too dark for those kids? Many people have been asking themselves that question, and now it’s Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat‘s turn to give us an answer. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t think it is. (more…)

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Yoda to Appear (Sort of) on ‘Star Wars Rebels’

- 12-16-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With the exception of an appearance by C3PO and R2-D2 in the second episode of the series, the new Star Wars Rebels has been fairly preoccupied with its new universe of characters, a ragtag group of rebels fighting against the Empire five years before anyone heard of Luke Skywalker. Of course, it’s not like the show needs the help. First it’s a heck of a lot of fun, and second it’s got Stormtroopers, TIE Fighters and all sorts of trappings of the Original Trilogy to keep fans happy. Still, it’s a great big universe and it’s always possible that the crew of the Ghost could run into someone from either pre-established Star Wars trilogy, and it seems that they will again. When Rebels returns in January, Yoda will be getting in on the fun. (more…)

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Disney Gives Vague Answer to Timeline of ‘Indiana Jones’ Return

- 12-15-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Remember, when the Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm, they didn’t just acquire the potential bank of all future Star Wars project, but also the potential future of one Indiana Jones. Although the focus has been on Star Wars, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from grinding out nuggets about Indy, everything from the suggestion that Harrison Ford only came back to Star Wars for Indy to the idea that a reboot is already in the works. Rumors aside, Disney’s been very busy getting its Star Wars empire in order, which suggests that they’ve maybe been too busy to give Indiana Jones it’s fair shake, and when you take into account all aspects of the Disney empire, from Marvel to Pixar, we’re talking about an embarrassment of riches. Now, on the record, a Disney exec notes where Indiana Jones is in the list of priorities. (more…)

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Three Actors Up for The Ancient One in ‘Doctor Strange’

- 12-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Now that the important yet drawn out and tedious task of casting the titular character in Doctor Strange has been resolved – Another round of applause for Benedict Cumberbatch everyone!!! – we get to the real meat of the casting conundrum: who will play The Ancient One. Okay, so that may not be the most talked about bit of casting in the process seeing as how the man that teaches Strange all about his magical, mystical powers doesn’t exactly play a huge part in the story, but in the Marvel U there are no small parts, only small actors. To prove that old theater axiom, it’s been leaked that there are three very strong frontrunners to play The Ancient One. (more…)

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