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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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The fact that the CW renewed all it superhero shows – Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow – five months in advanced of when network schedules are announced in May, sends a particular message about how much they like being in the hero business. Still, there’s one day of the week where the CW doesn’t have a superhero show, which is starting to feel like a grave oversight given how successful the other four are. There is some potential as the Arrowverse keeps getting bigger, but CW President Mark Pedowitz is ruling out one possibility: the dude with the big red ‘S’ on his chest. (more…)

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Here we go again… Every few years, we get another chapter of the Underworld franchise because, hey, why not. It’s not like the Underworld franchise has some overarching mythology like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, it’s not like they’re building towards a cohesive universe featuring dozens of characters like Marvel or DC, and it’s not like the storytelling is so complex that screenwriters have to carefully walk over their footprints in the proverbial snow as to not cross any continuity fauxpas. But here we are again, more blue-tinted gunfire and bloodletting based around the idea that Kate Beckinsale is a gorgeous woman who looks great beating up people in skin-tight leather. (more…)

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In looking back at Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country late last year, director Nicholas Meyer said in an interview that his one regret on the project was that he was kind of naive at the time. The end of the Cold War, which served as a thematic basis for the story, was not the end of history as they had though. Indeed life 25 years after the end of the Cold War might be even more dangerous, and ever more unpredictable than the 45 year stand-off between super powers. Despite Meyer’s personal feelings though, it’s hard to argue that The Undiscovered Country isn’t as prescient today as it was a quarter of a century ago. (more…)

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In Hollywood today, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds will be laid to rest, ending a powerfully painful mourning period for movie fans who still can’t believe the people’s princess is gone too young at the age of 60. Explorations and commiserations of Fisher’s legacy will go on for the years to come, but if you’re looking for something more immediate, you can sign a new petition making the rounds to give Fisher’s defining character, Star Wars‘ Princess Leia, a status that was never asked for, but through the winds of fate and commerce is nevertheless available now: let’s make Leia an official Disney Princess(more…)

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The saga of Pararmount Pictures Vs the Makers of the fan film Axanar continues as a legal decision yesterday allowed the lawsuit, which is now been before the courts for a year, to proceed to a jury trial. In a legal good news/bad news situation, the first, best defense of the Axanar producers to get the lawsuit thrown out of court was itself thrown out by the judge, but U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner decided to not go so far as to end the case himself, and will let the question that the case hinges on answering be decided by a jury later this year. (more…)

James Gunn Wanted to Do ‘Moon Knight’ Movie Too

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When Marvel Studios announced that they were doing Guardians of the Galaxy as part of their Phase 2 slate, a lot of fans had a simple question: WTF?! Sure, the Guardians have long been a staple of the comic book world, but if you were to make a list of Marvel characters to turn give their own movies, the Guardians would probably not make the Top 20. But then again, neither would Moon Knight. But there is one person who saw the value of Guardians of the Galaxy and made them marques names, and it turns out it’s the same guy that pitched Marvel on a Moon Knight movie, James Gunn. (more…)

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“Happy New Year!” is a phrase that has even more significance at the Walt Disney Company as they celebrate a crushing year at the box office with a number of new successes. First, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has officially surpassed Captain America: Civil War to become the second biggest movie of 2016. Second, Rogue One has now collected four-fifths of a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. And thirdly, Disney itself officially crossed the $3 billion mark to have the biggest year of any studio in the history of movies. In other words, this is a good day to be a Disney stockholder. (more…)

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Vincent D’Onofrio made a big impression as Kingpin in the first season of Daredevil, and no, that was not a fat joke. Widely hailed as one of the best villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, D’Onofrio’s portrayal of the head of New York’s organized crime was highly-praised, and after his brief return in season two of Daredevil many thought it portended bigger things for the crime boss, like an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming for instance. Sadly, that won’t happen, but D’Onofrio wants you to know that when the time comes for Kingpin to leave jail and take back the city, he’ll be ready… (more…)

Looking Back At The Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2016

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It’s a terribly kept secret that there’s too much good TV to watch; for every series you manage to finish watching, there’s two more already queued up and ready to binge. It’s an embarrassment of riches, as in you’re embarrassed when people ask you if you’ve seen the hot new show and you’re forced to answer “no” because, hey, there are only so many hours in a day… That’s what you need semi-professional critics for. In reviewing the last 12 months, and looking at the plethora of sci-fi, superhero, horror, and other genre TV shows, we’ve paired it all down to a Top 10. Here, in our humble estimation, are the Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2016! (more…)

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Say what you want about the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, but it had a formula. It began with the Rangers in their civilian identities hanging out, usually doing some community organizing or another wholesome activity for non-threatening young people, all while Rita Repulsa was hatching some new world domination scheme on the Moon. And then – BOOM! – Putty attack! And we’re off to the races as the Rangers are once again called upon to save the day. What ever monster Rita would throw at the Earth, it would be preceded by a wave of easily defeated Putties, and so will it be with Power Rangers the movie. (more…)