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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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Consider these numbers $1 billion, $750 million, and $500 million. That’s how much money Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella made respectively at the worldwide box office. The lesson here for the Walt Disney Company is that there’s big money in live-action modern remakes of their classic animated films. The point was proven again earlier this year when The Jungle Book sat comfortably in the Top 5 box office rankings for weeks, along the way racking up $965 million in receipts. That was impressive work, especially for the man behind the film, Iron Man director Jon Favreau, and he’s going to stay in the Disney remake business with his next film. Hint: it’s the Circle of Life. (more…)

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It looks like the vampire apocalypse is soon to be resolved. You’ve probably been enjoying season three of The Strain, the FX drama about a group of humans trying to stop the spread of a virus that transforms people into blood-sucking fiends starring Corey Stoll and David Bradley. The show’s been getting positive notices in its third season, but the episode order was cut from its usual 13 to 10, and if that made you wonder how much longer The Strain might be around, you’re right to think that this shorter season portended doom. FX and The Strain producers have now confirmed that the fourth season will be the last. (more…)

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For 30 years now, The Tick has existed on the periphery of comic book culture in the realm of cult appreciation, but near mainstream obscurity. Sure, there have been attempts to create a successful transition to other media, but The Tick’s cult status has been one that’s difficult to shake, especially for ratings hungry TV networks. But in the era of Peak TV, you don’t need millions of viewers to be a successful series, and in the same way that streaming video sites have saved numerous cult-favourite IPs, The Tick was chosen for resurrection by Amazon, and now, you’re guaranteed to get at least one full season of the new Tick. (more…)

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Over the next month, we will be hyped to the max in anticipation for the release of the next Marvel Studios movie, Doctor Strange, and because this is a Marvel movie, we know that this is only the beginning for big screen adventures involving the Sorcerer Supreme. There have been suggestions that Strange will appear in Thor: Ragnarok, but a lot of people are looking further a field to the next Avengers, Infinity War. We’ve been promised about 65 main characters in the film, and it’s presumed that Strange will be among them, and now Dr. Strange himself is confirming that he’ll be there for Infinity War, if they can get the timing right. (more…)

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Only one cast member from the original Jurassic Park turned up in last year’s Jurassic World, and that’s B.D. Wong, who played the suddenly Machiavellian Dr. Henry Wu. Wong’s screen time in the first Jurassic checked out at about two-minutes near the beginning of the film, but what happened to all those other characters 20 years later? What happened to chaos enthusiast Ian Malcolm, or legacy kids Lex and Tim? How about Dr. Alan Grant, how is he coping in the Jurassic World world? While the production of Jurassic World 2 would probably love getting any one of the old cast in the sequel, the man that played Alan Grant has a grim perspective on where his character would be today. (more…)

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What exactly is going on with Transformers: The Last Knight is a question inside an enigma and smothered in secret sauce. We know that the film will feature characters from all four previous live-action films, and that it will also feature King Arthur and Merlin for some reason. As non-sequitur flashbacks got, it’s not as bad as having the Transformers in Ancient Egypt, but Medieval times is still an odd place to find ROBOTS THAT TURN INTO CARS AND PLANES!!! The next level oddness is that The Last Knight will also seemingly flashback to World War II, but in the process of shooting that scene Michael Bay has stepped on some highly vaunted toes. (more…)

Trek Bastard #2: Great Minds Think About Kirk

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It was sad news for Trekkies last week as is was announced that Star Trek: Discovery, the new series from Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller and Star Trek 2009 co-writer Alex Kurtzman, would be delayed five months. January was looking a little soon for a series that hasn’t even announced a cast yet. In fact, all we know about Discovery so far is that it features a female lead who isn’t the captain, and that it takes place a decade before the voyages of the original starship Enterprise. If setting a new series in the Kirk era seems bold, it’s actually not. As Trek’s waited quietly in hyper-sleep for its TV return, two of the biggest ideas offered has involved a Kirk some capacity. (more…)

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There are certain things that come with being British like an accent, allegiance to the Queen, and a fondness for bizarre sounding foods like “blood pudding” being examples. If you’re a British actor though, the entitlement extends to an appearance in the franchise of your choice whether it’s Harry Potter, Downton Abbey or Game of Thrones. Of course, sometimes those actors can appear in any combination of the three, and indeed there’s been a lot of crossover between them already. But how about this: What if Harry Potter himself were to appear on Game of Thrones? Well Daniel Radcliffe is game if the right opportunity came up. (more…)

‘Pacific Rim 2’ Casts Some Guy in a New Role

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If it’s Friday, then it’s time for a completely random casting announcement for Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the upcoming sequel to Pacific Rim. Last Friday it was announced that Cailee Spaeny, an actress with three credits on IMDb to her name, had joined the cast, and now, in another “Who’s that…?” moment, the production is adding Levi Meaden to a line-up of that includes John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, and presumably a number of other cast members from the first film. So who is Meaden, and who is he playing? Excellent questions that are unlikely to be answered any time soon.  (more…)

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The Walt Disney Company has gone to tremendous pain to make sure their upcoming animated film Moana is true to the South Pacific legend it’s based on, and is appropriate and culturally sensitive. But as they do, Disney shot itself in the foot (proverbially speaking) when, last week, they unveiled the Halloween costume based on one of the movie’s characters, the demigod Maui voiced by Dwayne Johnson. Many people have accused Disney of promoting “brownface” for the full body suit recreation of Maui’s tattoo-covered build, and now the company is confessing that they’ve screwed up and are pulling the costumes. (more…)