Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
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Bronx, New York, United States of America
Birthday
December 13
Bio
Writer, actor, media professional, fan of entertainment, pop culture, and speculative fiction. Contact nickleshi@aol.com for more info.

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JANUARY 27, 2014 10:37PM

Newsjacking

Newsjacking is one of the hot topics in Public Relations. It sounds dangerous and edgy, but have no fear, ye of timid hearts, it can be used for good and not just for evil.  It does mean "hijacking" a news story, but no violence is involved, no/…

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JANUARY 25, 2014 11:05PM

Adjusting the Frequency

I've been proud of my daily schedule of blog posts for the past few years, and I hope to continue posting very frequently, but the time has come to be a bit looser with my schedule.

 

I'm entering the super-busy time of year at my day-job when the workload… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2014 11:08PM

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity?

It seems like everyone was talking about Justin Bieber today, but it certainly wasn't "good publicity." Online feeds, newspaper headlines, television news reports, radio coverage -- and most importantly, social network chatter and real world "water cooler conversations" -- all were reportin/…

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You can't trust anybody these days. Quentin Tarantino learned that the hard way. His draft screenplay for his next project, Hateful Eight, which he had allegedly shared with only six people who were close to him, leaked online. Depressed over this "betrayal," as he called it, the/…

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JANUARY 20, 2014 11:58PM

A Post-Apocalyptic King Lear

I've seen so many Shakespeare productions in my life, and I keep coming back for more because the stories are timeless, the language is powerful and beautiful, and the characters are unforgettable. Red Monkey Theater Group's latest effort, a new version of King Lear, delivers a fresh,/…

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JANUARY 18, 2014 11:15PM

The Power of Viral Videos

If you didn't believe in the power of viral videos to generate unprecedented publicity, take a look at the latest example -- three Irish guys singing a ballad version of the theme song from Friends.  The talented gents are Glenn Murphy, Oisin O'Callaghan, and Ronan Scolard, and their/…

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The death of actor Russell Johnson, who played the Professor on the comedy Gilligan's Island, made me ponder all the other stories about being stranded on an island.  Here's the list I compiled:

The Beach
The Black Stallion
The Blue Lagoon
Cast Away
Gilligan's Island
The Horrors of Spider… Read full post »
JANUARY 15, 2014 10:56PM

Bits and Pieces: The Superhero Edition

So much superhero news, so little time.  Here's a quick compilation.

1. The 1960's Batman television series will finally be available for Home Video. Yes, fans of the campy Adam West classic can now own the entire show on Blu-Ray or DVD or whichever format they decide to/…

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JANUARY 14, 2014 9:45PM

The Success of SNL Alums

The early cast of Saturday Night Live, the so-called "Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players," are legends of show biz -- Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi (may he rest in peace), Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, and then Bill Murray. Over the years, the cast has ha/…

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JANUARY 13, 2014 10:55PM

Speeches at the Golden Globe Awards

The worst part of any awards ceremony is the speeches, although a great speech can be an unforgettable moment that makes it all worth watching.  The Golden Globe Awards are more quirky and unpredictable than others, likely because the celebrities are drinking alcohol with their meal./…

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JANUARY 12, 2014 7:27PM

The Anthology Mini-Series Trend

HBO's new series True Detective looks interesting (review pending), and what's more intriguing is the news that this will be an anthology series.  Unlike anthologies of the past, like The Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents that had standalone stories each episode, this new tre/…

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JANUARY 11, 2014 6:04PM

Tupac Musical Coming to Broadway

Tupac Shakur has been dead since 1996, but his legacy lives on. According to Rolling Stone and other sources, a new new musical based on his songs, titled Holler If Ya Hear Me, is heading to Broadway. In addition to the title tune, the fictional story will/…

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The 2014 People's Choice Awards took place a few days ago and I'm finally getting around to contemplating the big winners.  I stopped watching the broadcast of the ceremony years ago, because the whole event seemed too staged for me. I don't know if the winners are alerted befo… Read full post »
JANUARY 8, 2014 10:52PM

Casting: What Might Have Been

Did you hear the news that the late great Tupac Shakur was considered for a role in the Star Wars prequels?  Allegedly, before he died, he was up for the part of Mace Windu, which eventually went to Samuel L. Jackson.  At least that's what Rick Clifford,/…

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JANUARY 5, 2014 9:45PM

Awards Season

Party season has ended for most of us, with the conclusion of the holiday stretch of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, but celebrities are just gearing up for the festivities. What Holloywood calls the "awards season" is upon us. During the next ten weeks or so, the entertainme/…

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I'm loving all the feedback everyone is giving me about my posts. Thank you, not only for reading my blog, but for sharing your own thoughts with me.  The "winner" of this month's "best comment" shout-out is LibbyLiberalNYC for not one but TWO epic comments -- one of/…

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JANUARY 2, 2014 10:58PM

Movies in January and February 2014

Every couple of months, I've been previewing upcoming movies, and it's been greeted positively, sparking some good feedback, so I'll continue doing it. It's also been interesting to go back and revisit what I wrote before, seeing (in hindsight) which films were a success and which flop/…

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JANUARY 1, 2014 9:41PM

Turning Blogs Into Printed Books

At the end of each year and the start of each new one, I order a printed version of my City of Kik blog as a keepsake.  I enjoy skimming through the pages and seeing which posts pop out and which could have used a rewrite (or maybe/…

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DECEMBER 30, 2013 10:38PM

TV Recommendation: The Writers' Room

Whether you're a writer yourself or just a fan of solid storytelling, you'll enjoy The Writers' Room on the Sundance Channel. Hosted by Community star Jim Rash, every episode is a panel discussion with some of the writing staffs of the finest shows on television. R/…

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Believe the buzz and go see American Hustle, a movie that will surely be in serious contention for all the big awards this season. It's written and directed by David O. Russell, who is fast becoming one of the most amazing filmmakers of our generation, proving that/…

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DECEMBER 26, 2013 10:50PM

Books That Spark Interesting Discussions

Two of my Christmas gifts this year were excellent books, the kind that beg to be displayed on coffee tables so guests can flip through their over-sized pages illustrated with incredible pictures.  The subject of these two oversized volumes also spark conversation -- each one is a subj/…

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DECEMBER 22, 2013 10:07PM

5 Theater Shows I Want to See in 2014

Time to look ahead to the stage shows coming to Broadway and Off-Broadway that I would like to see in the next few months.  (Hint: Tickets to these productions would make excellent Christmas gifts!)

Bronx Bombers -- I wanted to see this when it debuted Off-Broadway, now it's coming/…

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DECEMBER 21, 2013 10:38PM

Which Mobile App Games Do You Play?

As the console wars heat up between Microsoft Xbox One and PlayStation4, millions of gamers are downloading playable applications right to their mobile devices.  Those fun apps are often free and offer hours of addictive entertainment that you can carry with you anywhere on your s/…

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DECEMBER 18, 2013 11:37PM

Some Books Prove That Print Still Works

I'm one of those readers who have championed electronic readers and e-books, but there are some examples out there of physical books proving that the prediction of the death of print might be premature. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst shows that the print medi/…

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DECEMBER 17, 2013 10:21PM

Favorite Gilligan's Island Episodes

Warner Bros. is proceeding with its movie adaptation of Gilligan's Island and, according to Deadline.com, the cast will include stage, TV, and film actor Josh Gad. The comedy was a guilty pleasure for many, and equality criticized by many as an example of the vapidity of the/…

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