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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Warners Plotting ‘Jetsons’ Return with Animated Movie

- 01-26-15Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Hollywood studios have tried twice to turn The Flintstones into live-action, big screen franchise, famously employing over 30 screenwriters to try and make 1994’s John Goodman-starring film happen to middling box office results and a terrible critical reception. But why double, or even triple down on the modern stone age family when you can adapt the post-modern space age family? As further tribute to Hollywood’s ideas deficit, The Jetsons are now set to get their big screen bow in an animated feature now in development at the studio. How serious is the proposition? The studio has a screenwriter in place although no further information is known about it right this minute. So I guess you can say it’s pretty serious. (more…)

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‘X-Men’ Casting: Meet Your New Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey

- 01-23-15Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One of the most fascinating and frustrating things about the X-Men film series has been the casting. On the one hand they nailed it by recruiting actors like Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to play Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto respectively, but then fall flat bringing on Halle Berry to play Storm. I will submit that it may not be entirely Berry’s fault, and suggest that Storm never had much of a beefy role in the franchise (did she say more than three lines in Days of Future Past?), but through the glories of time travel, the X-Men franchise is looking to correct past mistakes (or missteps). Bryan Singer has announced the latest additions of the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, the new and younger versions of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. (more…)

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It’s Come to This: A Remake of Joe Dante’s ‘Explorers’ on the Way

- 01-22-15Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With this news, I can only assume that the rights to every other property in Hollywood have been bought up, and now all that’s left are the rights to semi-obscure 80s films noteworthy for launching the careers of bright young Hollywood talent. The year was 1985, and the movie was Explorers, and now Paramount Pictures smells potential profit in the tale of a trio of teens that somehow build an interstellar spacecraft in their backyard after dreaming every night of the complex circuitry involved. It was a one of a number of movies that came out in the mid-80s about ordinary kids getting into extraordinary adventures, sometimes alien related. And for a pair of Bad Robot alums, it looks like the time is ripe for a rebooted adventure. (more…)

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Scotty to Work Miracles on the ‘Star Trek 3′ Script

- 01-22-15Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I keep tryin’ to revise the script, Cap’n, but she canna be revised no more! Joke all we want, and we will, but should we be worried now that news has broken that Simon Pegg has been hired not just to reprise his role as Scotty, but to help write the script for Star Trek 3? The untitled third movie in the rebooted Nu-Trek has gone through a lot of changes in the last couple of months, switching screenwriters, canning the director and screenwriter of the previous two films, and announcing a bit of an out-of-left field choice to guide the film, Fast & Furious filmmaker Justin Lin. Now, for the coup de grâce, Pegg has been recruited to not just save the Enterprise from tear herself apart as Scotty, but apparently to save the script from tearing itself apart as well (I guess). (more…)

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TV Review: ‘Arrow’ – S3E10 – “Left Behind”

- 01-22-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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If “The Climb” had all the emotion and decisiveness of a season finale, then “Left Behind,” the winter premiere of Arrow, had all the forward momentum and drive of a season premiere. New motivations were discovered, the status quo was shaken up, and everything we were led to think happened, actually happened with some slight adjustment. Emotionally impacting, but still not short on any action, Arrow began 2015 with a simple, but pointed question: Can Arrow still be Arrow without Arrow? In other news, a new villain arrives with big plans, an old villain sees his plans fall apart, and a new hero borrows an old identity to become the latest Starling City resident to kick ass and take names. (more…)

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Beware the Batman… In the Upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ Movie

- 01-21-15Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The great thing about a shared universe is having characters not necessarily a part of the comic book a hero is based on, pop up in movies that all take place in the same world. You know what I mean. Like when Tony Stark rolled up to General Ross at the end of The Incredible Hulk, or when Loki did a very authentic Captain America cosplay in Thor: The Dark World. Of course, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are thinking along those same lines as they construct an interconnected world for the DC Comics-based characters. Exhibit A is the team-up of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And now it looks like that Exhibit B is going to be 2016’s Suicide Squad, which, according to rumors, may want to be called Batman V. Suicide Squad. (more…)

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Duchovny’s In! One-half of ‘X-Files’ Duo Ready for a Comeback

- 01-21-15TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The truth is still out there, and presumably so is interest in seeing a revival of The X-Files. Fox announced that the possibility is out there last weekend at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, to bring back the successful 90s supernatural procedural in some kind of limited form a la 24: Live Another Day, or Heroes Reborn. Easier said than done, right? It all rides on whether or not original X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson a) have the time to add the project to their schedules and b) have the interest in returning in the first place. Well wouldn’t you know it, at least one-half of that dynamic duo says they’re ready, willing and able to trust no one again. (more…)

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New ‘Walking Dead’ Trailer Blurs the Lines Between the Living and the Dead

- 01-20-15TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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After losing one of their own at Rape Hospital in Atlanta and seeing all hope for the end of the zombie apocalypse go up in smoke, the rag tag survivors of The Walking Dead seem to be falling on some of the worst times they’ve had since their prison home was shut down by The Governor. Of course, things are never easy for Rick Grimes and Co., but for a brief shiny moment in the fourth season there was triumph – escaping from Terminus and re-uniting – and there was hope for a better tomorrow. My, how quickly things change in about six or seven episodes. With just a couple of weeks to go till the midseason premiere, the AMC is giving us another sneak peak at what’s to come. (more…)

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Gustin Says No One Will Predict How ‘Flash’ Season Ends, But We’ll Try

- 01-20-15Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The Flash returns tonight (fiiiiiiiinally) on the CW, and while the new episode called “Return of the Rogues” refers specifically to Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), the rogue that really has fans curious is The Man in the Yellow Suit, AKA: Reverse-Flash. Who is he? Why did he – apparently – go back in time to kill Barry Allen’s mom and frame his dad for it? Both good questions, and ones that I think will be answered to some degree by the end of the first season. Every fan has their theory, but now The Flash himself, actor Grant Gustin, says to throw those theories out the window because even he was surprised by what’s coming with this season’s end. (more…)

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ News – Hamill on the Falcon, and the Originals in Ads

- 01-19-15Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The centerpiece of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, at least in some quarters, is the return of the original cast members from the first three Star Wars movies. The role they play, and how big that role is, has been the subject of much rumor and speculation since it was announced that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker would return for The Force Awakens. But now, new reports are saying that for those waiting patiently to get their first look at those returning actors in their old Wars roles will have to wait all the way to opening night to see them. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, is talking about how it felt the first time we climbed on board the Millennium Falcon again. (more…)

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