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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SDCC14: ‘Captain America’ Directors to Helm ‘Agent Carter’ Episodes

- 07-25-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It looks like Hayley Atwell can reply on some familiar guidance behind the camera when she takes Peggy to the small screen in Agent Carter on ABC. It was announced today at the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic Con that amongst the directors lending their talent to the first season of the solo adventures of Steve Rogers’ Girl Friday are Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). (more…)

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‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ Ranks 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

- 07-25-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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In stark contrast to this weekend’s new arrivals Hercules and Lucy, next weekend’s highly anticipated release of Guardians of the Galaxy current sits at 100 per cent freshness on the film criticism aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. Not to be too cynical, because having seen Hercules I can say it’s perfectly fine entertainment, but fans may want to think about saving their pocket money and just scratch off the days on your calendar till August 1. From the sound of things, Guardians is going to a very pleasant, and vary satisfying surprise. (more…)

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MOVIE REVIEW – ‘Hercules’ Isn’t Perfect, but Dwayne Johnson Gets the Job Done

- 07-25-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Like a lot of Canadian kids, my first encounter with Hercules was with Adventure Cartoon Productions animated series The Mighty Hercules, which Global ran ad nauseam Saturday mornings well into my high school years. They were simple enough, with Hercules as basically the Ancient Greece Batman, beating up bad guys and taking them to prison on Mount Olympus, which, as it turned out, was as pitifully easy to break out of as Arkham Asylum.

Every couple of years or so, the myth of Hercules gets re-interpreted for a new audience, and in a new way. So far, there’s been two Hercules movies in 2014, the first one came out in January and starred some Twilight beefcake as the son of Zeus, but in the case of Brett Ratner’s Hercules it has the immediate ace in the hole of having Dwayne Johnson as the titular hero. Johnson’s charm and magnetism is a definite advantage to the film, and if the movie he was in was tighter it might actually equal the assets brought by its star. Ratner’s Hercules is a solid B-effort, but it had the potential to be an A. (more…)

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SDCC14: ‘Halo: Nightfall’ Teases with Images and a Trailer

- 07-24-14TV, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The busy first day of San Diego Comic Con is coming to a close, and if you’re at all interested in Xbox and Microsoft’s latest experiment in home entertainment, than this one’s for you. After years of attempting a Halo movie for the big screen, the fine people at Microsoft said screw it, let’s make it a series and put it on our own Xbox network. And voila! Halo: Nightfall is coming this fall, and the first look is here after being first looked at earlier today in San Diego. So what’s it about, and what does it look like? Let’s see some images and watch a teaser trailer. (more…)

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SDCC14: ‘Avengers 2′ Concept Art is Ultron-Fantastic

- 07-24-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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This is puzzling. I mean literally, not as in I’m confused about what’s happening here. As we hit the halfway point of Day 1 at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Marvel is slowly peeling away this excellent concept art image from Avengers: Age of Ultron. When fans assemble for the Marvel Studios panel on Saturday, there will likely be some kind of Avengers news in the form of a reveal or a teaser trailer, but in the meantime, you can enjoy this slow reveal of the coming fight against the sadistic robot Ultron. (more…)

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Del Toro Teases “Where” ‘Pacific Rim 2′ Might Take Place

- 07-23-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Guillermo del Toro‘s a busy man these days; his new series The Strain has been enjoying a lot of positive feedback on FX, and he’s currently filmming his next big screen effort Crimson Peak. But because fans have long memories, we also want any and all details on stuff that might be developing, no matter how early, about upcoming work, like the sequel to del Toro’s 2013 hit Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim 2 was a surprise announcement last month, because a lot of the discussion about it till then was geared more towards the speculative. But now it’s full steam ahead, and while talking about his current projects, del Toro let slip a bit of detail about what might be coming, and where it might take place, in Pac Rim 2. (more…)

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Is John Boyega Going to Wakanda After Tatooine?

- 07-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It starts now! Well, not now exactly. But later! San Diego Comic Con launches with preview night tonight, which means the next four days will be non-stop nerd news. Getting an early start on things is British actor John Boyega, whose already won the proverbial acting lottery by getting the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. That’s good enough, but is Boyega now preparing to make a lateral move to another Disney-owned property? Perhaps something with “Black” and “Panther” in the title? (more…)

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Quintessential Batman: The 12 Most Impactful Experiences of the Dark Knight

- 07-23-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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What did I get myself into? The idea was simple: create of list of the most important Batman stories across all media – comic books, TV and movies. More than that, it should be a list of suggestions. If someone asked you about Batman having never engaged with the character before, where would you tell them to begin?

Easier said than done.

After a lot of hand wringing, soul-searching, and suggestion taking, the following list of 12 items spans Batman stories culled from the pages of several comic books to the celluloid dreams of his finest big and small screen adventures. They all tell us something about Batman, but they also tell us something about how to do Batman right, which is no mean feat in and of itself. Some of these choices may be obvious, some of them you may (vehemently) disagree with, but if you had never heard of Batman before, and were looking for a good place to start with your understanding of the man and his mission, can you really do better than these 12 items listed below? You be the judge. (more…)

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ News: Villain Posters, Premiere Pics, And New Featurettes

- 07-22-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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As we count down to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, prepare for a full blown media assault: Videos! Posters! Press Junkets! Red Carpets! The whole Hollywood enchilada! Next on the hit parade an extended clip, a trailer promoting the IMAX version of the film, some character posters featuring the film’s myriad of villains, and images from the red carpet of last night’s world premiere. (more…)

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Roberto Orci Says ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Will Have Continuity(?)

- 07-22-14Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Funny story. Remember last week when it was announced that Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci was hired to help shepherd the new Power Rangers movie to the big screen with the assistance of X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz? Well, Orci’s now saying that when this new Power Rangers flick arrives on the big screen, it will have a very important ingredient that will lead to universal success: continuity. “It’s got a continuity within the world,” says Orci. “I can’t tell you what, but it does have a continuity.” Which leads everyone who’s ever watched the series to say, “Power Rangers had continuity?” (more…)

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