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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INTERVIEW: One-on-One With Michael Rooker

- 08-30-14Featured, Film, Interviews, Nerd Culture, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One thing you’ve got to know about talking to Michael Rooker one-on-one is he’s scary. The aviator sunglasses he wore weren’t helping either. Seriously though, underneath that gruff exterior is funny and charming man who has now found himself at the center of the nerd universe thanks to roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In our brief chat at the National Fan Expo Friday, Rooker discussed which franchise is winning the autograph wars, how he’s a nerd with muscles and how a little Yondu does a long way. (more…)

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FAN EXPO – New Superman Coins Unveiled by Royal Canadian Mint

- 08-29-14Comics, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Coinciding with the 75th birthday of Superman last year, the Royal Canadian Mint created seven celebratory collectors coins to mark the occasion. Well, Superman’s now a year older, but it seems that the celebrating isn’t over yet, as the Mint and the Government of Canada used the occasion of the National Fan Expo to release four new coins featuring the image of the Last Son of Krypton. Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Patrick Hadsipantelis, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications for the Royal Canadian Mint, were on hand at Fan Expo today to unveil the new coins. (more…)

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FAN EXPO – A Sample of the Cosplay on Day 2

- 08-29-14Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With the first full day of National Fan Expo (actually the second), more people were out on the convention floor showing off their mad skills with a needle and thread, and sometimes plastic, metal and duct tape. Mixed in with the usual zombies and superheroes, were a large number of people wearing the finest gear of Westeros. We also found one Venom and a Carnage, a Tinkerbell, a Xena Warrior Princess, and a bunch of people from anime with their overly elaborate and almost impractical outfits for moving in large crowds. The artistry in some of these costumes is impressive, or in the case of our two cover boys above, you can at least appreciate the workout routine that let’s them get away with wearing so little. (more…)

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FAN EXPO – A Spoiler-Free, But Glowing Review of ‘Star Wars: Rebels’

- 08-29-14Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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For those hoping that Star Wars: Rebels might serve as a sign that the creative fortunes of the Force franchise are heading for greener pastures – Good news! – all signs point to yes. National Fan Expo in Toronto featured a special presentation of the hour-ling first episode of Rebels to a theater of over 1,000 fans Friday, and if the cheers, laughs and applause are any indication, then that’s over a thousand people who will be tuning into the further adventures of this new, ragtag crew of freedom fighters once the series begins its first season run later this year. (more…)

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FAN EXPO – Zombie Nuts Invited to Take a Trip to ‘Z Nation’

- 08-29-14Nerd Culture, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Oh no, not another zombie show. Yes, the trend is powerful, and it continues in full force and without any sign of stopping with the upcoming new series Z Nation. At the National Fan Expo in Toronto, executive producer Craig Engler and co-star Tom Everett Scott were on hand to tell fans why their show was different from The Walking Dead, why you don’t have to choose between the two, and how the show will reconcile both slow and fast zombies into the same show universe. (more…)

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FAN EXPO – Images from Day 1: Cosplay, LEGO, and Gaming

- 08-28-14Cosplay, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Whenever Nerd Bastards goes to a con, we don’t just like to highlight the celebrity guests, news items and other things. No! We also like to put the camera on you, the fans. Those of you in costume anyway. So many fans get into an incredible amount of detail with their costumes, fret over the smallest detail and make sacrifices of comfort and mobility, so it’s only right that as we celebrate the culture, we also celebrate those that make the culture possible with their mad nerdiness. On this Thursday of Fan Expo 2014, we found judges, super-people, brains, robots, and something that looks suspiciously like something out of Will Graham’s nightmares. Also, some very impress LEGO sculptures were on display. All that, and MOAR, in this first photo gallery from Toronto’s National Fan Expo! (more…)

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FAN EXPO – ‘My Fair Zombie’ an Enjoyable Undead Send-Up

- 08-28-14Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Just when you thought they couldn’t take anything more and turn it into a zombie movie, Canadian filmmaker Brett Kelly proved all the naysayers wrong. As part of the National Fan Expo in Toronto Thursday (and carrying through on till Sunday evening), Kelly’s new film called My Fair Zombie was screened for zombie fans sick and tired of the same old survivalist, post-apocalypse shtick of an undead tale. Although my mother and a generation full of young women who admired Audrey Hepburn would be shocked and appalled, Kelly has taken the 1964 classic and turned into a zom-com-musical with flare. (more…)

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FAN EXPO – Go. Green. Ranger. NO! GO!

- 08-28-14Nerd Culture, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The stage was set, the fans were in their seats, but when the time came for the curtain call of the man once known as the Green Ranger (then White Ranger) on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Jason David Frank, he wasn’t there. For the nerdy ready to revel in the glory of one of the original Power Rangers, it was a blow to the excitement level on this first day of the National Fan Expo, but as the fates would have it, Frank wasn’t snubbing the con, he was stopped from entering Canada at the border. What gives? We have the deets. (more…)

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INTERVIEW: Robert Englund Talks 30 Years of Freddy Krueger

- 08-27-14Featured, Film, Interviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Throughout the 70s and 80s, there were a lot of movie monsters, but only one of them really had a consistent face. Robert Englund was the face of Freddy Krueger through eight Nightmare on Elm Street films, a couple of music videos and a TV series called Freddy’s Nightmares, and this year Freddy Krueger turns 30 years old. Freddy’s portrayer, Englund, has worked consistently since his twin breakthroughs in 1984, Nightmare and the TV series V, building up an impressive resume of over 100 different film and TV projects. But with three decades now come and gone, more than ever, Englund is most closely associated with the burnt, disfigured “bastard son of a hundred maniacs.”

In an recent interview with Nerd Bastards, looking forward to Englund’s pending appearance at the National Fan Expo in Downtown Toronto, the actor discussed his enduring appeal as a horror icon, his recent flirtation with putting Freddy’s face on again, and his actually quite impressive knowledge of the geography of Canada’s largest city. (more…)

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Russos Say We’ll Freak When We Find Out Who’s in ‘Capt. America 3′ and Then Don’t Share

- 08-27-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Jeez, can we get Avengers: Age of Ultron out of the way before we start hyping Captain America 3?

No. Alright then.

So while out promoting the upcoming home video and digital release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, co-director Anthony Russo, who filmed Winter Soldier with his brother Joe, teased some of the stuff they were looking at doing in the third part of the franchise, which is due in theaters in 2016. No specifics were offered (obviously), but one can sense a definite twinge of excitement in the director about what he and his brother have in store: the introduction of new characters, the redemption of old ones, and maybe *gasp* an ending? Read on…. (more…)

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