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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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If you know one thing about Jason Voorhees, it’s that you can shoot him, you can stab him, you can electrocute him, you can drown him, you can dump him in toxic waste, and you can send him to Hell, but ultimately, he just keeps coming back for more. Zombies are like that too. Death is not an impediment, but an advantage. Even in Hollywood. So while we’re reporting here today that Friday the 13th and World War Z 2 have been moved off the Paramount schedule, don’t expect them to be gone for long. Well, Friday the 13th anyway… (more…)

Traditionally, when one thinks of Lara Croft, the image and dimensions of a woman that couldn’t possibly exist in reality come to mind (despite the best efforts of Angelina Jolie in two different Tomb Raider movies in 2001 and 2003). That’s why when the Tomb Raider game was rebooted a couple of years ago, Lara was given a, shall we say, more realistic figure. She’s still strong, she’s still tough, she’s still capable, but you could believe now that Lara can exist in some kind of reality. To wit, we now have our first images of Alicia Vikander on set of the new Tomb Raider movie, and we defy you to not say, “Now that’s Lara Croft.”  (more…)

This is not usually a music site, but sometimes there’s a fine line between movie news and music news and this is one of those times. In a little over a month, the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast opens in theatres everywhere, and not only will the movie feature three new songs written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice, but it will feature new versions of the old ones, like the now classic theme song. We got a taste of the new version in the most recent trailer for Beauty and the Beast, but now you can listen to that new tale as old as time in its entirety. (more…)

Of all the movies to air commercials during tonight’s Super Bowl, it’s probably John Wick: Chapter 2 that will benefit the most. Why? Because the release of John Wick: Chapter 2 is less than a week away. It’s going to be a very competitive weekend at the box office with three huge studio releases including John Wick and LEGO Batman Movie, but it’s contender number three that enjoys a little humour at its expense in the John Wick Super Bowl ad. If you like things a shade darker, like Fifty Shades Darker, the makers of John Wick don’t want you to make the obvious choice this Valentine’s Day weekend.  (more…)

Through the Fast and Furious series there have been a lot of amazing stunts. There was racing through the streets of Rio dragging a huge safe in Fast 5, there was the pursuit of a cargo plane down the world’s largest runway in Furious 6, and a drone strike rained down hellfire on our intrepid heroes in Furious 7. So what on Earth can the eighth movie of the franchise do to take things up another notch? How about a submarine attack and a new t-shirt? (more…)

The first Logan trailer featured the Johnny Cash cover of “Hurt” and it immediately set a tone for the upcoming R-rated Wolverine movie, reported to be the last featuring Hugh Jackman in the title role. Well, just in time for Super Bowl LI, we get another very atmospheric look at Logan set to the tune of “Amazing Grace.” Based on the 30-seconds of footage we see in the ad, which aired during tonight’s big game, it’s the bad guys that are going to be looking for some “Amazing Grace” as they dare to cross the Wolverine one last time. (more…)

As a life-long Trekkie one thing has vexed me more than all others, how is Deep Space Nine the Star Trek that time forgot? On Canada’s Space channel, they dedicate three hours in the afternoon every weekday to Trek: the original series, The Next Generation, and Voyager, and it sticks in my craw that Voyager, a show that struggled to maintain a steady level of mediocrity for seven years, gets that third slot ahead of what is, arguably, the best modern Trek series. That’s a bold statement, but in the next couple of columns, I hope to lay out my case.  (more…)

The paradoxical existence of Transformers: The Last Knight has generated its fair share of intrigue. It’s got King Arthur! It’s got Nazis! It’s got Anthony Hopkins! What, oh what, are we to make of this entire enterprise, and will this finally be the Transformers movie that’s a hit with both fans of the franchise and fans of huge, mindless action movies? It’s doubtful, but it’s going to be fun watching Michael Bay try, and more than that, Bay is actually making the point that this movie, perhaps his last Transformers picture, will be the one to make us all believers! Are you ready for some Bayhem?!?!?! (more…)

It’s one thing to make a compelling pilot, but would Riverdale be able to string us along in a second episode and leaving us hanging, and waiting, for a third? That was the real question going into the second episode of this Noir Archies as the spectre of Jason Blossom’s now confirmed horrible murder hangs like a pendulum doom over the photoshoot ready teens in their foggy and elusive Pacific Northwest-ish abode. The answer? Still hooked. In fact, Riverdale made a couple of improvements over the pilot that I liked, which suggests to me that this show may not be as straightforward as I ultimately feared. (more…)

Marvel TV Announces Cast for ‘Runaways’

It’s getting so that there’s going to be a Marvel show on every channel, every day of the week! Following up on announcements concerning the casing of Cloak and Dagger earlier this week, Marvel TV is now announcing the cast for their other teen superhero show, Runaways. The hotly anticipated series based on the fan favourite Marvel Comic has been a long time coming, but the eventual Hulu series now takes a giant step forward now that we know the faces that that will be appearing on the show as various beloved characters. (more…)