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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Directors Promise ‘Captain America 3′ Will Change the Game Again

- 09-10-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One of the great successes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is that it managed to continue to build the Marvel Cinematic Universe without really drawing attention to it. Instead, it managed to expand the scope of the Marvel-related films, introduce new characters familiar to comic book readers, and challenged the characters we already had met with a shocking truth the upset everything they thought they knew. In essence, Winter Soldier continued building the world by essentially destroying a pretty big piece of it. Delivering such a gobsmack was a big risk that turned into an even bigger reward for Cap 2 directors Anthony and Joe Russo, whose success with the film was evident in the way that Marvel awarded them the helm for Captain America 3 before The Winter Soldier even opened last April. In a new interview, the Brothers Russo made it clear that they’re not about to rest on the laurels, and are prepping another big game change for the MCU in part 3. (more…)

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Kevin Smith to Movie Critics: We Cool Again Guys. My Bad.

- 09-10-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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You may recall a few years ago when Kevin Smith released his first horror film (then to be his second last film ever) Red State, he went somewhat off the deep end when it came to film criticism of his work. Compounded by the somewhat disappointing response to his Bruce Willis buddy cop movie Cop Out, Smith went on repeated tirades about why he shouldn’t let critics see his movies for free when they’ll just dump all over it, and how if critics want to see his films early then they should pay him. Of course, this was in the midst of Smith’s DIY kick and his big plan to leave the studio infrastructure in the dust, a plan that he seems to have abandoned along with his retirement plans. But now that he’s ensconced in critical praise again following the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of his new film Tusk, Smith says he’s willing to let bygones be bygones with the critical mass once more. (more…)

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‘Godzilla’ Double Down – 8 Minutes of Monster Mayhem And An Honest Trailer

- 09-09-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With the pending home video release of Gareth Edwards‘ 2014 reboot of Godzilla coming to a retailer near you in another week, we pause to do some navel gazing at all the things that he did wrong in the film. YEAH! Take that Edwards. You may be still growing as a filmmaker, and Godzilla was only your second movie, but since you didn’t make the Godzilla movie we all had playing in our heads we’re going to tear you a new one! Ahem. Now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s introduce a couple of new videos to hit the interwebs today. On the one hand we have a judicious You Tuber who edited together all the Godzilla and MOTU bits in two vids that show how little screen time they all got, and secondly, Honest Trailers has put together a – well – honest trailer for Godzilla. (more…)

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Is This a Vision of “Vision” in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron?’

- 09-08-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The summer has brought us a lot of Avengers: Age of Ultron news in the forms of first looks at the new costumes for the returning heroes, and first looks period for new characters like Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). But one new character’s been left mysteriously out of the mix. Perhaps because he falls into a bizarre nebulous area where it’s a new character played by an actor already familiar to the Avengers world, and the Avengers audience. So let’s cut to the chase: where is The Vision, the android character played by Paul Bettany? Is this him? (more…)

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Robin Williams’ Tribute in ‘World of Warcraft’ Revealed

- 09-05-14Nerd Culture, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I’ve never played the online role playing game World of Warcraft, but some people are downright obsessed with the it. One such person was the late, great Robin Williams, who once joked that he was darn near addicted to the game. Williams was a big gamer, even naming his daughter Zelda in honor of the long-running RPG series of the same name, and when Williams died quite suddenly last month, the push was on to pay tribute to the man in some form in the WoW universe. Mission: accomplished. Like a genie in a bottle, the Williams tribute in World of Warcraft has now been revealed. (more…)

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The Bout You Want to See: Bender Vs. Homer in ‘Simpsons’/’Futurama’ Crossover

- 09-05-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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TV shows don’t crossover quite like they used to anymore, which maybe an indication just how far The Simpsons has fallen in terms of creativity. Two, count ‘em, two crossovers with the Fox animated series were announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, one with Family Guy and one with Futurama. A 5-minute preview clip of the Griffins arrival in Springfield was unrolled at this past July’s Comic Con, and now we’re getting our first look at that time in the future when Bender comes back in time to go all Terminator on a certain spirited little scamp with spiked hair. (more…)

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Marvel Comics Offers Sneak Peak at the First Issue of (Lady) Thor

- 09-04-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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When Marvel Comics announced earlier this summer that they were relaunching Thor, it didn’t come as much of a surprise, Marvel does this sort of thing every couple of months after all. But turning the God of Thunder into the Goddess of Thunder?! Now there’s something newsworthy. Thor #1 hits the comic book store shelves next month, marking the first appearance of the new Thor with lady parts. It’s quite a bold and brazen new direction for the character, but can it succeed? Writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman are betting on it, and so is Marvel. And if you want to bet on it to, then you should check out the following press release and accompanying gallery of covers, variant covers and interiors. (more…)

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What Coulda Been… A Look at Stan Lee’s Deleted Cameo from ‘Guardians’

- 09-04-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The other day, we posted a story about an alternative cameo for Stan “The Man” Lee in the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. If you see the movie today, the godfather of Marvel Comics appears in a one scene on the planet Xandar as one of the faces in the crowd, but as James Gunn revealed at Dragon Con last weekend, he had a different idea about Lee’s cameo, but it never came to pass. Well, the director has come forth to reveal that it did, in fact, come to pass. Sort of. Thanks to the power of social media, Gunn got to clarify his comments, with art! (more…)

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FAN EXPO – ‘Lost Girl’ Cast Teases the Fifth and Final (2 Part) Season

- 09-04-14Nerd Culture, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I remember going to Toronto’s National Fan Expo the summer after Lost Girl aired its first season, and this was back when the Expo was confined to the south end of the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The Q&A for Lost Girl was set for 11 am Saturday in one of the medium sized panel rooms; it wasn’t the huge one reserved for the celebrity guests, but it wasn’t one of the small ones reserved for comic book discussion or indie film screenings either. Arriving at the Q&A, it was apparent that this “small” Canadian show had struck a chord, because it was standing room only. Four years later, Lost Girl is still filling rooms at Fan Expo. Bigger rooms. (more…)

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Former Disney Animators Want to Bring Hand-Drawn Animation Back with Steampunk Flick

- 09-03-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One of John Lasseter‘s first orders of business when he took over Walt Disney Animation was to try and resurrect good old-fashioned hand-drawn animation with the musical The Princess and the Frog. The attempt wasn’t the coup that Lasseter and Disney hoped, but that doesn’t mean that those involved have given up on the art form. Quite the opposite in fact. A new Indiegogo campaign started by a veteran Disney animator wants to set up a new hand-crafted animated flick, and as an added nerdy bonus, it is set in a Steampunk world and tells a superhero-like story of a determined young woman out to stop inscrutable bad guys from controlling the world with advanced steam-powered technology. (more…)

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