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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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Of the many big budget movies that Hollywood studios have hoped to turn into major franchises, it’s hard to think of one with a more difficult birthing process than World War Z. Despite being based on a hugely popular book, having a star and producer in the form of Brad Pitt, and a general love affair with zombies in the movie-going public, the movie had such a long, hard struggle to the big screen it almost seemed damned. That’s why rumours of David Fincher‘s possible participation in a sequel was so intriguing, but now it seems that Fincher’s status on the film has been promoted from speculation to fact.  (more…)

As we get closer to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it seems that Sony‘s desire to develop its own Spider-verse of films only grows stronger. Making the news today is further developments on the matter of Sony’s proposed shared universe within a shared universe, a plan that begins next fall with a movie featuring the antihero Venom and will be followed by the team-up of Silver Sable and Black Cat in Silver and Black. Now into the comic book movie news inbox is the not-so-uprising revelation of whom Venom will fight first, and what other Spidey foes are about to get their own movies. (more…)

With last night‘s shocking news about the abrupt exit of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story still reverberating, Lucasfilm is obviously moving quickly to get the film back on track. It’s pretty unusual for directors on a big studio film to back up and leave this far into the production process, especially over “creative differences”, because there’s already a version of the film under those filmmakers that is coming to fruition. So who might step in to fill the void? How about some trusted names from Lucasfilm’s past? (more…)

Back in the Comic Movie Dark Ages – the 1990s – when you thought about the best Batman movie of the decade, you thought of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. An original story based on the popular animated series on Fox, Warner Bros. commissioned a direct-to-video, feature-length film based on the animated Dark Knight, whose popularity and critical acclaim made Warners get ambitious and promote Phantasm to a big screen release. Coming out on Christmas Day 1993, the movie made just $5.6 million at the box office, but what it had in street cred was priceless. So now, for the real fans, Warner Bros is finally freeing the Bat for all its high-def glory! (more…)

Just because each of the entries in the new Star Wars trilogy are being made by a separate director, it doesn’t mean that they’re making each film on an island of their own ideas, and their ideas alone. Certainly you’re probably thinking that Lucasfilm has its say, and you would be right, but what about the directors sharing ideas with each other? It’s been known to happen, and Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow is the one opening up about the process. In a new interview, the Jurassic World director said he asked Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to include a specific scene in Episode VIII, and he did… (more…)

Atari is Back in the Hardware Business!

We just came out of E3, a solid week of video game related news from the front line of the console wars. Between Nintento’s various systems, Microsoft’s Xboxes and Sony’s Playstations, there’s more than enough video games out there for everyone, but is there any room left in the market for one more, ahem, player? Well one old name in the video game business certainly hopes there is. Once upon a time, if you wanted to play video games at home, you had only the one choice in the matter, but in today’s environment of choice, are gamers still going to want an Atari(more…)

Deadpool Drops By X-Mansion as Cameras Roll on Sequel

So you’re the Merc with the Mouth, you’re in town to shoot the sequel to your highly popular movie, what’s the first stop you’re going to make? To the X-Mansion, of course! Sadly for Deadpool though, it looks like nobody’s home. Perhaps they’re busy with the Dark Phoenix. Perhaps his friends Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are out for breakfast, for it is the most important meal of the day as observed by the big metal man from Russia. Either way, it looks like Deadpool’s going to have to play solo for the first couple of days of shooting on Deadpool 2 (more…)

Here we are at Twin Peaks episode 7. It’s the beginning of the second act (if we are to split the series into three groups of six episodes), and let’s consider the idea that the number 7 itself has been a significant number in the world of Twin Peaks. So what would the seventh episode of the revival give us? Clarity, I think was the hope. Lord knows that despite how much we’ve been enjoying the zaniness and the weirdness we would really like to see some sign that the series is out to tell a story and is not being used as a dumping ground for every odd thought that David Lynch has had in the last quarter century… (more…)

Disney Making Jack Kirby a Legend at this Year’s D23

Now you may read that headline and say, “Hey, Jack Kirby is already legendary!” and you would be right. Along with Stan Lee, Kirby laid a lot of the ground work for the Marvel Universe and gets co-creator credit for Fantastic Four, the original X-Men, and The Avengers, and on his own he did a lot of outstanding work including the Fourth World Saga for DC Comics, which includes The New Gods. Still, Disney will be enshrining Kirby’s status as a legend at this year’s D23 Disney fan convention by posthumously giving him a Disney Legends Award next month.  (more…)

Kevin Smith has been hit and miss on his efforts to become a horror director; Red State was great, but Tusk and Yoga Hosers left something to be desired. Well sometimes, when at first you succeed, and you fail, and fail, you end up trying again. So Smith will try again with a new film called Killroy Was Here, an anthology film about a creature called Killroy, described as ”Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined.” So now, on a Florida college campus, Smith and his company are giving horror another whirl, and they’re hoping that Killroy will be the next big thing in the genre.  (more…)