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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Recent ‘Agent Carter’ Addition Has Specific ‘Avengers’ Connection

- 01-29-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Agent Carter has been pretty sly with its callbacks and Easter eggs to other Marvel Studios works so far. Maybe that’s because it gets to be off on its own in 1946, or maybe it’s because, unlike the early days of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Carter doesn’t to use fan service to cover for languid storytelling. Regardless, Agent Carter seems to like to reward eagle-eyed viewers, like when Anton Vanko, father of Iron Man 2 villain Ivan Vanko AKA: Whiplash, appeared in episode two. And if you though there was something oddly familiar about another character in this past week’s episode, “The Blitzkrieg Button,” specifically in the way she fights, you may be presently surprised and pleased to get this piece of Easter Egg hunting from one of Agent Carter’s producers. (more…)

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‘Supergirl’ Casts ‘True Blood’ Hunk as Jimmy Olsen (Not a Typo)

- 01-29-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I think it’s been an avowed rule of portrayals of Jimmy Olsen that Superman’s best friend is – What’s the word I’m looking for? – a nerd. He was a young kid that wore a bow tie for decades for crying out loud! Unless you’re The Doctor, nothing says “nerd” like wearing a bow tie and being under the age of 50 (of course Doctor Who may not exactly be the lampshade I’m thinking of for this rule). But if Jimmy Olsen isn’t supposed to be anything, it’s a well-cut side of beef that’s part underwear model, and part athlete. After all, what good is it to be Superman’s best friend if it looks like you’d have a good chance at kicking his ass if he didn’t have super-powers? To wit, Mehcad Brooks has now been cast as Olsen in CBS’ Supergirl series. (more…)

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TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E11 – “Midnight City”

- 01-29-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Although it brings to mind the jaunty tune by the French electronic duo, “Midnight City” was no happy-go-lucky hour of Arrow. In Starling City, for Oliver’s friends and allies, there’s no time for mourning, nor is there any time to stop and catch their breath. True, everyone’s green hooded hero was alive and well (ish), but his city was taking a proverbial and literal beating from Danny “Brick” Brickwell. It’s time for a new hero to rise, time for her – yes, her – to take up her mantle as a leather-clad defender of innocents with a talent to wield blunt objects in manner almost as fierce as her temper. Too bad that this Canary is woefully under-prepared for the mantle passed down to her. (more…)

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‘Flash’ EP Answers, “What is this Speed Force You Mentioned?”

- 01-28-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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If you’re a fan of this site, then you’ve probably heard of the Force, but how about the Speed Force? You may not be so steeped into the comic lore of the original Flash books to know anything about the Speed Force, so you might not have gotten too excited when it was name dropped on last night’s episode of The CW‘s The Flash. That’s okay because executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is going to explain it to us. Out of what have looked like, on the surface, as another “freak of the week” episode, we were instead given a fairly big piece of Flash mythology and it was just dropped in a manner akin to the way we learned what Cisco wore to work on his first day at S.T.A.R. Labs. Spoilers ahead obviously. (more…)

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Did ‘ID4-2′ Just Get Dreamier? Liam Hemsworth Considered for Sequel

- 01-28-15Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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In a case of classic sibling rivalry, it seems that from Liam Hemsworth‘s point of view, if his big brother is going to save the world from aliens, then he’s going to get his chance too. Hemsworth, the younger brother of Thor star Chris Hemsworth, is the latest rumored cast addition to the sequel of the alien invasion, landmark exploding, 1996 hit from Roland Emmerich. Much of the casting speculation has had to do with returning cast members, who would be back for another go after surviving the first invasion in Independence Day, but with Will Smith reportedly sitting out the next chapter, the film will need a new fighter jock hunk to lead the charge when the aliens return, and it’s hard to get hunkier than a Hemsworth. (more…)

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Daniel Bruhl Role Revealed? Is he Playing Baron Zemo in ‘Civil War’

- 01-27-15Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Captain America: Civil War! Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about one of the rumors about the first film in the next phase of Marvel‘s big screen development. We know that Daniel Bruhl was cast last year in Civil War, but the role he was cast to play was not revealed. On film, Bruhl has faced off against Thor actor Chris Hemsworth in Rush and future Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate, but given that Bruhl is of German birth that seemed rather telling, but not necessarily conclusive. Now, a leak from a casting website seems to have answered the question for us, and it now appears that Bruhl will play Captain America’s second biggest adversary, Baron Zemo, in the forthcoming Civil War. (more…)

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Now The Go-Bots – THE GO-BOTS – Are Getting a Movie?

- 01-27-15Cartoons, Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I know we say this all the time, but Hollywood’s lack of originality has seemed to have reached a new low. How, you may ask. By not just trying to get a new movie project going based on a toy, but by trying to get a new movie going based on a toy ripped off an other toy. You may remember the Go-Bots, and the epic battle between the sainted Guardians lead by the appropriately named Leader-1, and the evil Renegades whose boss, Cy-Kill was a robot that – yes – turned into a motorcycle. Then again, you may be too young to remember the 80s, the last time anyone mentioned the term “Go-Bot” without any sense of irony. But remember them or not, the Go-Bots may be soon back on the pop culture radar. (more…)

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Former ‘Doctor Who’ is Now The Purple Man in ‘Jessica Jones’

- 01-26-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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During his time as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, we frequently saw David Tennant as the tortured, but now it looks like he’s going to be the one to do the torturing. It’s been announced today that Tennant has been cast in the important role of Zebediah Killgrave, AKA: The Purple Man, on the upcoming Netflix series from Marvel Studios, AKA: Jessica Jones. It’s the first bit of casting to be announced outside for the series outside of star Krysten Ritter as the title character and Mike Colter as her fellow Defender and lover interest Luke Cage. But given The Purple Man’s role in the mythology of Jessica Jones, get ready to be afraid, very afraid, of everyone’s favorite modern Doctor. (more…)

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Warners Plotting ‘Jetsons’ Return with Animated Movie

- 01-26-15Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Hollywood studios have tried twice to turn The Flintstones into live-action, big screen franchise, famously employing over 30 screenwriters to try and make 1994’s John Goodman-starring film happen to middling box office results and a terrible critical reception. But why double, or even triple down on the modern stone age family when you can adapt the post-modern space age family? As further tribute to Hollywood’s ideas deficit, The Jetsons are now set to get their big screen bow in an animated feature now in development at the studio. How serious is the proposition? The studio has a screenwriter in place although no further information is known about it right this minute. So I guess you can say it’s pretty serious. (more…)

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‘X-Men’ Casting: Meet Your New Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey

- 01-23-15Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One of the most fascinating and frustrating things about the X-Men film series has been the casting. On the one hand they nailed it by recruiting actors like Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to play Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto respectively, but then fall flat bringing on Halle Berry to play Storm. I will submit that it may not be entirely Berry’s fault, and suggest that Storm never had much of a beefy role in the franchise (did she say more than three lines in Days of Future Past?), but through the glories of time travel, the X-Men franchise is looking to correct past mistakes (or missteps). Bryan Singer has announced the latest additions of the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, the new and younger versions of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. (more…)

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