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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Sorta First Look at a New Dino to Appear in ‘Jurassic World’

- 11-17-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Every new Jurassic Park movie has featured a new dinosaur – or two, or three – to plague the brave humans crazy enough to go to an island filled with creatures whose Latin name is derived from the term “terrible lizards.” Speaking of terrible, it seems that some terrible things are in store for the characters in the upcoming fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World. The new film directed by Colin Trevorrow will feature some never-before-seen animals, and while we have yet to see any finished footage from the film (more on that later), we have now, apparently, gotten a look at one of those new dinosaurs featured in it. “Look” is a relative term in this case, but despite the, ahem, scale, it gives you a pretty good idea of what Trevorrow et al are cooking up. (more…)

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Kirkman Explains Something Weird in this Season’s ‘Walking Dead’

- 11-17-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Do you watch The Walking Dead weekly? Do you remember Beth (Emily Kinney)? Are you starting to think that her sister Maggie (Lauren Cohan) doesn’t? You’re not alone. Aside from all the other unanswered questions in the fifth season of The Walking Dead, the biggest may be why Maggie isn’t more concerned about the whereabouts of her half-sister Beth, or more to the point, why she hasn’t even taken two-and-a-half seconds out of the very busy season to ponder the question: “I wonder what happened to Beth?” Fortunately, Walking Dead comic creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman has appeared with an answer. An oddly pragmatic and straightforward answer, but an answer nonetheless. (more…)

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Mo’ Villains Mean Mo’ Problems in ‘Flash’/’Arrow’ Crossover

- 11-14-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Since the two shows premiered last month, both Arrow and The Flash haven’t exactly been keeping to themselves to save up their crossover karma for next month’s two-parter. Still, a lot of people are stoked about seeing Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) be full-on superhero bros in a two-night event, and now, The CW has released the plot description for both episodes which includes details on who the heroes will be forced to face-off against. Befitting the occasion, the writers have decided to introduce two new villains to the shows who are taken directly from DC Comics. One of them is kind of a big deal, and the other is, well, kind of a surprise. (more…)

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Celebrities Liked ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Too in Blu-ray Trailer

- 11-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Remember that movie that came out last summer that everybody loved? The one with the talking tree and the racoon with the bad attitude? Ah, memories. Yes, well Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on DVD and Blu-ray early next month, conveniently in time for Christmas, which would make it a great stocking stuffer. Marvel Studios‘ latest film created a lot of fans for the spacefaring heroes and their director James Gunn, and looking forward, it is one of the key pieces in the studio’s strategy to push the envelope with new and crazier heroes, and to expand the comic book movie type into new genres not yet explored. It also made space opera cool again, and turned “We are Groot” into a universal expression of friendship. With all that in mind, in case we’ve forgotten any of it, Marvel’s release a trailer for GOTG‘s home video release. (more…)

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First Pics of Katie Cassidy as the New Black Canary on ‘Arrow’

- 11-13-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Arrow has earned the love and admiration of comic book fans for its thrilling weekly adventures of the Emerald Archer, and the way it’s captured the spirit of the comic book Green Arrow on the CW TV series. But fans don’t love all aspects of the show universally, and more often than not, Katie Cassidy‘s character, Oliver Queen’s ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance, has been something of a lightning rod. Hate her, or feel indifferently about her, from the start of the show, we’ve known Laurel has a destiny to join her ex’s war on crime in Starling City, and this season’s been making a move toward that in earnest. Apparently though, destiny is coming sooner than we think because below you can see Cassidy, for the first time, in full Black Canary gear. (more…)

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TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E6 – “Guilty”

- 11-13-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Something weird happen on last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I don’t mean the guy that went all Memento on his own body with alien markings. No, I’m referring to that scene where Skye tells Mac the intention of the GH formula, that it was meant to resurrect fallen Avengers, and Mac replies, “You mean Captain America, Iron Man, those Avengers?” No, she meant Steed and Peel. But kidding aside, what surprised me about that moment was how organic it was, it didn’t feel like it was being forced to remind the audience that Agents and Avengers were part of the same universe. Making Easter eggs go down as smooth as 12-year-old whiskey has rarely been a problem for Arrow, and tonight’s entry “Guilty” proves it again revealing Ted Grant’s back story. (more…)

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Farewell, Mrs Wolowitz. Actress Carol Ann Susi Passes On

- 11-12-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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TV has a long history of beloved characters who are never seen, like Norm’s wife from Cheers, or private eye boss Charles Townsend from Charlie’s Angels. But in the last couple of years, if you made a list of favorite TV characters that don’t have a face, or at least a face you’ve never seen, than Debbie Wolowitz of The Big Bang Theory would have to be near, or at the top of that list. The voice belonged to character actress Carol Ann Susi, and although she didn’t bank the huge pay checks of the regular cast, it would be wrong to say that Susi did not leave an indelible mark on the series and its fans. Sadly, it was announced that last night that Susi passed away, and though you may not have recognize her face, or her name, chances are that this woman provided you much hilarity over the years. (more…)

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Because Defense Contractors Gotta Eat – U.S. Gov Wants to Build Helicarriers

- 11-12-14Comics, Film, Tech, WTF? Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Did you read a Marvel Comic, or see The Avengers, and upon glancing at the S.H.I.E.L.D. flying fortress known as a helicarrier think to yourself, “I have got to get me one of these!” Well so did some people at the Pentagon. The notion of a helicarrier is nothing new, after all it combines all the mobile command awesomeness of an aircraft carrier without that icky possibility of getting splashback from the world’s oceans. It’s the best of both worlds! It’s worth noting that this comes from the government themselves, and not one of those silly Change.org petitions like the one that wants the government to dump trillions into building a Death Star. Nope, the government wants helicarriers legit, and they`re currently accepting proposals on how to get the job done. (more…)

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Touchstone to Release Lucasfilm Animated Movie

- 11-11-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Apparently, the Walt Disney Company‘s deal with Lucasfilm doesn’t just include things with the name “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” in the title. That’s good news for one Lucasfilm production called Strange Magic as it now has a release date and a distributor in the form of fellow Disney subsidiary Touchstone Pictures. For the record, this Strange Magic is of no relation to the Electric Light Orchestra song and album of the same name, but it is a new film from the same team that made the 2012 Academy Award winning animated feature Rango, which was a genuine and pleasing surprising when it was released three years ago. So can inspiration strike twice for this upstart animation studio? (more…)

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‘Thor’ Co-Writer Promises There Will Be Blood in ‘Ragnarok’

- 11-11-14Uncategorized Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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When it was announced that the third Thor movie, which will be in a theater near you in the summer of 2017, was going to be subtitled Ragnarok, there were a lot of questions about the full meaning of the word in the context of the Thunder God’s next solo adventure. “Ragnarok” literally means “the final destiny of the gods,” which can be taken any number of ways, but that word “final” has some very specific implications. So we’re forced to wonder, is Ragnarok going to be a blood bath? Will it be, in effect, the final Thor solo adventure? We can’t answer that last question, but one of the co-writer’s is definitely pointing to an affirmative on that first question. (more…)

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