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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What’s the fun of a shared, multi-film universe if you aren’t going to use it? In the case of Marvel Studios, they’ve been very much enjoying the benefits of having characters from one movie series pop up in another. Clark Gregg took Agent Coulson from Iron Man to Thor; Robert Downey Jr. popped up at the end of The Incredible Hulk; and Hayley Atwell is rumored to be turning up as Peggy Carter in a flashback in the upcoming Ant-Man. Of course, nearly everyone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far showed up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the notable exception of last summer’s space-faring heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy. But you know it’s only a matter of time that they turn up in other places, and Star Lord himself, Chris Pratt, confirmed that he has room in his contract for Marvel adventures outside of Guardians. (more…)

For most people that remember the first wave of Turtle Power in the late 80s/early 90s, their way into the show was the animated series based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was an eclectic little show that featured ninjas, mutants, robots, aliens, and got a nation of kids permanently addicted to pizza. For those now grown-up kids, the latest live-action Turtles movie may not have done much to encourage fond memories of the franchise they loved so much, but maybe what it lacked were some old familiar faces, at least on the dark side of things. In the age old sequel axiom that more is better, especially when we’re talking about villains, it looks like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is getting another bad guy to the mix. (more…)

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The ever-expanding series of TV shows based on DC Comics characters offers more chances than ever for crossovers. Characters from Arrow and The Flash have been making the “cross-country” trip (not really because they both shoot in Vancouver) between Starling City and Central City all year, and last week Arrow star Stephen Amell pledged to Arrow-up Constantine should that series be saved by another network, cable channel, or streaming service. With Gotham and iZombie unlikely crossover partners, that leaves CBS’ Supergirl as a potential team member, but what are the odds that we’ll be seeing either Arrow or Flash on that show? Well, it seems like a Hollywood trade publication is teasing the possibility. (more…)

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Way back in 1989, when Jack Nicholson was cast as The Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman, the idea of a seriously huge Hollywood star playing a comic book villain in some silly comic book movie seemed a bit out there. Of course, it had been done before. Marlon Brando played Jor-El in Superman the Movie, which also featured another established star, Gene Hackman, as Lex Luthor, but Nicholson was something else altogether: Hollywood royalty. Now it’s not so uncommon. You had Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and up next you’ll have Michael Douglas in Ant-Man. But is the comic book movie business perhaps due for a McConaissance? According to the actor, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ …Awesome.

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Not that it needs it, but I’m going to add my accolades to the reception of Mad Max: Fury Road. This. Is. Awesome. Although we’re mostly right to decry the seemingly endless circle of reboots, remodels and sequels that Hollywood inundates us with, Fury Road says that you can make something that feels familiar, but fresh and engaging and endlessly exhilarating at the same time. Just when you think that director George Miller outdoes himself, he outdoes himself again with seemingly endless action, no exposition, and a baroque sense of art direction. This is a huge summer movie in all the best possible ways. A victory for simplicity of purpose and flawlessness in execution. (more…)

Will Stephen Amell Wear the ‘Arrow’ Suit Again?

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Can you have Arrow without the Arrow? That’s a question that fans may be pondering all summer long thanks to some new comments from star Stephen Amell. As I’m sure those of you who caught last week’s season finale “I Am Oliver Queen,” know, the third season ended in a very definitive new direction for the character, one that literally saw him ride off into the sunset with the priorities of the Emerald Archer left far behind him. But Arrow is going into its fourth season, so how can Oliver Queen get a happy ending, and how long till he suits up again? Well, according to Amell, the answer is never. (more…)

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Shooting on Captain America: Civil War is now underway in Atlanta, and it promises to be an adventure packed to the brim with callbacks, Easter eggs and surprise appearances. In fact, something this big, and with all the attention that a multi-billion dollar franchise brings to a project, it’s going to be hard to keep some of the details under wraps till opening day. To wit, some exterior scenes revealed our first look at Frank Grillo as Crossbones, the next level iteration of his Captain America: The Winter Soldier character Brock Rumlow, whose comic book visage is posted above. So is it everything you hoped it would be? (more…)

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Now Underworld isn’t the most imaginative franchise ever made. Nor is it the most innovative. You also can’t argue that it has the best action, or coherent storytelling, or a compelling supporting cast…. You know what? Let’s just say it’s got its flaws. One of those flaws, however, is not Kate Beckinsale. Her performance in three out of four Underworld movies affirmed Beckinsale’s position as one of the preeminent kick ass heroines of our time. Could you have an Underworld movie without its leather clad, two-pistol packing, kick-punch delivering leading lady? You can, but do you want to? Well, the good news is you don’t have to because Beckinsale will be back for part 5. (more…)

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It’s now official, The X-Files is coming back to TVs everywhere this coming January. The topic of what shape an X-Files reboot might take came up during an edition of The /Filmcast earlier this year when David Chen noted a tweet from Escapist contributor Bob Chipman who said:

“Sketchy?” Mulder? On the surface you may think that Chipman was referring to Mulder’s occasionally discussed affinity for pornography, but no, he was referencing the ways the world’s changed since The X-Files 1990s heyday, and where we currently sit in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century. To be direct, what Chipman is referring to is the rise of “trutherism.” (more…)

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Despite what you may think of The Simpsons at this point, it’s still churning out new episodes. Fox recently renewed the show for two more years, which means that even if the final episode of season 28 ends up being the last episode of The Simpsons ever, the series will still have run over 630 episodes. The Simpsons has run longer than any other prime time comedy or drama series, and unless the world ends sometime in the next two years, then The Simpsons is likely to go on too. Just now without Harry Shearer. In an odd announcement on Twitter Wednesday night, Shearer told fans that he was leaving the show, but what will happen to the some 100 characters, over 20 of them regular fixtures, when he goes? (more…)