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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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Everyone knows that Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck are tight, perhaps because they’re both so infamously tied to the “Bennifer” nuclear disaster known as Jersey Girl. But you know who else was in Jersey Girl in a cameo? Affleck’s BFF Matt Damon. Of course that wasn’t the first time Damon appeared in a Smith film, he had a small role in Chasing Amy, appeared as the angel Loki in Dogma, and appeared as himself – the star of Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season – in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Now, in Smith’s new AMC series Geeking Out, Damon is performing for the director again in a different capacity. (more…)

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had its highs and lows. Highs being Clark Gregg‘s Agent Coulson who’s never not charming and witty, the turning of Grant Ward from hero to double agent bad-guy, and that one incredible fight scene where Daisy kicked some HYDRA butt. The lows? Well, the show being itself. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten away from self-contained episodes (villain of the week-type stuff) its still a typical procedural ABC show. It has its charm and heart, but it has failed to live up to the promise and opportunity to explore Marvel’s universe outside The Avengers; there’s no getting around the fact that you’re watching a ABC product versus a Marvel product. So are they about to shake that up? (more…)

SDCC16: ‘Aquaman’ Gets a ‘Gangster’ Writer!

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Does it get anymore Comic Con than the announcement of Aquaman‘s screenwriter? Probably. But if you’re going to make an announcement concerning who’s going to write the screenplay for the upcoming Aquaman movie, you could do worse than choosing this weekend to release such news. We’ve known a long time now that Jason Mamoa will be playing the King of the Seas in Justice League and his own separate Aquaman film, and we were told sometime ago that The Conjuring and Furious 7 filmmaker James Wan had directing duties. Now, we know who’s going to be putting words in the mouth of Aquaman, his friends, allies, and enemies. (more…)

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This isn’t the hugest possible breaking news from San Diego Comic Con, but if you’re one of a legion of people that didn’t like the doom and gloom of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice this may be the correction you’re looking for. A new poster released for Wonder Woman shows the Amazonian Princess in her best light, quite literally. In another poster, you will enjoy the thought of a recent, beloved variation of the Dark Knight who is also getting his own movie next year, albeit one set in the world of LEGO. Yup. the other new poster has unmasked The LEGO Batman Movie. (more…)

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Let’s pretend Star Trek Into Darkness didn’t happen. That seemed to the opinion of fans going into Star Trek Beyond, but more than that, it seems to be the inherent approach of Justin Lin and his team in making Beyond. In time for Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary, Beyond, this movie takes the template developed by J.J. Abrams in his two movies, keeps the cast and high tech production values, and creates a story that builds on those films and infuses them with the heart and heritage of Gene Roddenberry‘s “Wagon Train to the Stars.” In essence, this may be the most Star Trek Star Trek film we’ve seen in some time. (more…)

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Yesterday, rumors started rumbling that The Divergent Series would be given an unceremonious end with a TV movie, and the possibility of a spin-off TV series. As of this moment, Lionsgate has said nothing official about it, so the matter is more in the category of possibility than probability, but still it’s one of those rumors that’s almost too unbelievable to be false. You’ve got to wonder though, how much do the people involved, particularly the franchise’s star, know about this possibility? Has she been told? Might she consider appearing on the Divergent TV movie? In the case of Shailene Woodley, the answer is a definitive, “What you talkin’ about, Willis?” (more…)

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You might remember the old Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and their costumes; the headgear they wore looked a bit like hockey helmets with sun glass lenses pasted on. Of course, the whole show had a homemade quality to it with rubber monsters smoking cardboard cities as they battled, before cutting to badly dubbed footage from the original Japanese series. That kind of stuff won’t stand in modern movies, so this Power Rangers coming next year from Lionsgate has to be all top shelve from the costumes, to the monsters, to the epic climactic destruction. So keeping that in mind, let’s get a close-up look at the new versions of two important pieces of the Power Rangers mythology. (more…)

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In covering nerd news, we get a lot of information about our favorite upcoming films and TV shows from new trailers, interviews, and behind the scenes photos and videos, but that’s not the only way we get our insights. Sometimes, we get the most spoilery material from the oddest places, like toys. Sometimes, you’re at a show, you’re looking at a line-up of toys and collectibles, and you see something unexpected. For the upcoming line of Suicide Squad collectibles from Sideshow‘s Knightmare line, a particular figure was added that maybe a *SPOILER* for the upcoming DC Comics super-villain team-up movie. (more…)

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The last time anyone used the phrase “Triple X” outside of the adult film context, the year was 2005. Revolution Studios launched a spy sequel called XXX: State of the Union about a convict turned secret agent that tries to stop Secretary of Defense Willem Dafoe from launching a coup d’etat of the United States government at – Wait for it! – the State of the Union. But something was missing… What was it? A coherent story? Yup. Relatable characters? Definitely. Wicked stunts? We’re getting warmer. Vin Diesel? There it is! Rectifying that problem is the upcoming XXX sequel, which is called, appropriately enough, XXX: Return of Xander Cage. And now, there’s a trailer. (more…)

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While the reviews of Star Trek Beyond have been overwhelmingly positive, and have been praising the movie for its return to the original series’ classic values of fun and adventure, that’s not to say that there isn’t a dark cloud over the movie too. Star Trek Beyond will pay tribute to two passings in the film, the first being Leonard Nimoy, who died before production on the film began in February 2015, and the second being the unexpected passing of co-star Anton Yelchin just a few weeks ago. The untimely death of Yelchin in particular opens the door to a difficult question: what are future Trek movies going to do without Chekov? (more…)