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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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In 2012, Universal Pictures did something weird, they released a Jason Bourne movie without Jason Bourne. It was a bold move that did not pay off despite the presence of Jeremy Renner, who at the time was making a play to take over every major Hollywood franchise. But Mission: Impossible stuck with Tom Cruise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe remains without a Hawkeye solo movie, and this summer, the Bourne legacy will return to the powerful hands of Matt Damon, who returns for more global @$$ kicking in this first look at the imaginatively named Jason Bourne. (more…)

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and that means what better time is there for a revisionist version of 80s American history that integrates the growing, frustrating battle for superiority between the mutants that want to protect mankind, and the mutants that want to rule them. Not to be a bummer on this most festive day, but Apocalypse is coming, and by that we mean the title character played by Oscar Isaac in X-Men: Apocalypse. Did you think you were going to make it though the big game without getting a case of mutant mayhem? Well, you’re wrong! It’s time for War. And Famine, and Pestilence, and Death. (more…)

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In the first Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich blew up the White House, the Capital, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Grand Canyon. It took 20 years, but Emmerich finally knew what he wanted to do for an encore. We won’t spoil it, you can see it for yourself below, but if there’s a movie that pretty much demands inclusion in the Super Bowl menagerie of movie ads, it’s Independence Day: Resurgence. Don’t let the “Star-Spangled Banner” recital fool you, it’s time for some patriotic destruction of property as we count down to late June when the irony-aware aliens and their giant spaceships return for round two. (more…)

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The sudden announcement of 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s imminent release last month caught all observers by surprise, especially since it features three well-known and busy actors – Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. and John Goodman. The fact that producer J.J. Abrams could pull off another secret Cloverfield project, especially with top-drawer acting talent, is a magic trick the man behind the mystery box deserves a lot of credit for pulling off. Adding fuel to the speculative fire now is a new 30-second ad that premiered during the Super Bowl, and while the first trailer showed off the tension indoors, this TV commercial offers hints of what’s happening outdoors. (more…)

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Leia Organa is mentioned right off the top of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s mentioned in the crawl, and then Poe Dameron tells Lor San Tekka (the character played by Max von Sydow, he has a name you know!) that “the General” appreciates his help, to which he replies that to him she’ll always be royalty. But how did Leia make the journey from Rebel princess to Resistance General? A new book coming out later this year will fill in some of those blanks. Called Star Wars: Bloodline, it will pick up after the previous novel Star Wars: Aftermath, and you can read the initial excerpt below. (more…)

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The mysterious development of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has left fans deeply curious. The success of the first GOTG and the unique nature of Marvel’s space faring characters creates a lot of opportunity to make the uniquely weird and wonderful world of the first film to become even more uniquely weird, but director James Gunn is playing his cards pretty close to his chest. He’s not even responding to rumor control anymore, although he did recently post a behind-the-scenes shot of the original Guardians rehearsing. So add this new to the file: comedian Steve Agee will be joining the cast for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. (more…)

Dr. Pepper Taps Into the Power of the Justice League

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Here’s a story that’s both nerdy and delicious. It should come as no surprise that a movie as huge as Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice would have substantial marketing and product placement behind it, and it should come as no surprise that those products would be top shelf. In other words, no Royal Crown cola for Batman V. Superman. No, the DC Comics legends will be appearing on cans of Dr. Pepper, coming soon, or arriving now, at a grocery store, corner store or quick stop near you. So now you know, the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight, and all their friends, are Peppers. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E12 – “Unchained”

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This week’s episode of Arrow was so tight that it brought backed a beloved regular from the past and it was probably the least notable thing that happened during the hour. A globetrotting adventure that took us from Nanda Parbat to Japan and all the way back to Star City, this week’s Arrow had no shortage of material as old friends returned, new enemies arrived, and strange bedfellows were sewn. This episode was so busy that it could only introduce major new plot points in passing, but as the official halfway point of the season, “Unchained” adds new elements to the seaosn’s arc that could potentially be followed up on in some very interesting ways. (more…)

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Get ready for the return of the action-hero whose biggest weapon is his brain. Iron Man? No, this guy doesn’t need a suit of armor to be a hero, he just uses whatever’s handy to get out of jams. Like that scene in Iron Man 3 where Tony goes to Home Depot and makes Christmas ornament grenades and a stun glove. Except in MacGyver‘s case, he could have made that $#!% with a paper clip, a toaster oven, and a packet of Kool-Aid. In case you didn’t grow up in the 80s, you will get a chance to behold the glory of MacGyver for yourself as CBS has ordered a pilot for a series reboot. (more…)

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Okay, so it’s probably not the new Star Wars trailer you’d like to see (Rogue One anyone?), but a sneak peak trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been leaked, and if you’re still in love with the seventh Star Wars movie, then you’re definitely going to love this. Copying some of the scenes portrayed in the movie’s trailers, the game looks like it will give fans the change to play as Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron and all your favorites from The Force Awakens, plus it will apparently fill in some of the blanks from the time period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Interested yet? (more…)