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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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Prior to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story there were many, many discussions about reshoots and how radical they were in shaping, or reshaping, the movie. Indeed, you can see a number of scenes not in the movie in the various trailers for the film, and if you look at those shots, it’s not hard to imagine a whole other movie in Rogue One somewhere. But for all those hoping to get a glimpse of that movie in the deleted scenes of the upcoming home video release of Rogue One, you’re going to have to forget about it. Director Gareth Edwards, on the matter of deleted scenes, says there’s nothing to see here.  (more…)

When two of your superhero leads have natural chemistry and a background in musical television, then you’ve got to take advantage, right? Especially when you’ve got a villain named the Music Meister waiting in the wings. So now the moment has come for the Flash and Supergirl to show off their musical chops, or rather their alter egos Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, as it’s exactly one week till the hotly anticipated musical episode of The Flash called “Duet.” And behold: we now have a new trailer for the episode, which strongly implies that Barry and Kara are going to have to sing, or die! (more…)

The release of the Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a smash success last fall, and before it was even released, Warner Bros. knew it was going to be a smash success because they had already green-lighted a sequel with plans for several more sequels. But you have forgotten that before it was a movie, Fantastic Beasts was a book, and seeing as how they’ve got to start getting some promotion going for the sequel, the latest edition of the book may offer some reveals about where the next movie may be going. Hint? Two words: “Albus Dumbledore.”  (more…)

It seemed like a sure thing. People like Muppets, right? It had a great nerdy lead-out in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Muppets themselves have a long history of fan service and fun that should have made it appointment television weekly. So why did it fail? Why did it fold after one season? How can you screw up a slam dunk like The Muppets? Easy, according to Frank Oz, if you don’t respect the material, or the people that deliver it, that’s how you fail. At least that’s the assessment Oz has to offer, and he should know because he’s been a Muppet! (more…)

In the Alien series, there’s just as much admiration for the xenomorphs as there is fear. For some people, they admire the perfection of species, a creature that is the most excellent killing machine, intelligent, adaptable and insatiable in its apparent blood lust for other organisms. It’s enough to make you wonder where they came from, and how they evolved? Most Alien characters seem unconcerned with origins of the xenomorphs in the face of, you know, running for their lives, but it looks like Ridley Scott is finally going to go there in Alien: Covenant. Warning for the spoiler averse though because a pretty major reveal is discussed below. (more…)

Everyone seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story got to thrill at seeing the genuine bad ass that Darth Vader can be, but since Lucasfilm was absorbed by Disney in 2012, comic book fans have seen the dark Lord of the Sith at his best on several occasions, and now they will see it again with a new Marvel Comics series. The comic book publisher has announced today that an all-new series featuring Vader will be launched later this year, covering the previously unknown ground (in canon at least) of Vader’s post-Revenge of the Sith life as a newly minted Sith Lord. (more…)

If it’s March in Toronto, then it’s time for Toronto ComiCon, and one of the fixtures of the annual event in the last couple of years has been the folks at Chapterhouse Comics. After rejuvenating Captain Canuck a few years, they’ve begun reclaiming other bits of lost Canadian comic book history with, you guessed it, an expanded comic book universe. The man at the center of that is Kalman Andrasofszky, the writer and artist that pens the new monthly adventures of Captain Canuck and redesigned him for the 21st century. Nerd Bastards caught up with Andrasofszky from his Toronto studio to talk about the latest developments with Canuck, the effect of Canada’s 150th birthday on the series, and all sorts of Canadian inside jokes. (more…)

To the surprise of possibly no one, except for maybe the executives at 20th Century Fox, it looks like we’re going to have to wait longer for the first of the Avatar sequels. Avatar 2, the first of four sequels in development for James Cameron‘s 2009 blockbuster, was put on the calendar for December 2018 last year, but the man himself is now saying, “Not so fast.” If you thought that even James Cameron could pull together four big budget sequels in a year and a half and have the first one ready for next Christmas, think again. (more…)

This time next week, Beauty and the Beast will be in theatres everywhere as Disney‘s latest effort to live-action-ize its entire animated catalogue. Meanwhile, pre-production is underway on the next couple of projects, one of them being Dumbo based on the 1941 hit about an elephant with large ears who learns to use his mocked appendages to fly. Now obviously Dumbo himself is going to be CG, but there’s some room for human characters, and director Tim Burton looks to fill those spots with trusted collaborators, first with the previously announced Eva Green, and now with Danny DeVito, marking his first team-up with Burton in 14 years. (more…)

It’s hard to say who’s in a lonelier place, as the title of this week’s Riverdale refers to. Poor Forsythe Pendleton “Jughead” Jones III, living under the stairs of the school like a poor man’s Harry Potter, is certainly in a lonely place, struggling to keep his family drama under wraps, and hoping that his father, living hopelessly and nearly always half-drunk in the family trailer, will pull his act together. Betty is also in a lonely place, wanting to desperately to help her sister but caught in the competing demands of two families that hate each other. Hey, someone give these two kids a break. (more…)