Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
Location
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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MARCH 30, 2014 6:09PM

The Importance of Deadlines

Back at the end of January, facing a busier than usual season ahead of me, I decided to adjust the frequency of posts on my blog. Instead of forcing myself to post every day, as I had done as best I could for the years since I first/…

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As March winds down, I thought it would be fitting to conclude this Women's History Month by looking at an independent film called A Sort of Homecoming with a strong female cast and crew. Written by Lynn Reed, directed by Maria Burton, and starring Laura Marano and Katherine McNam/…

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MARCH 18, 2014 2:10PM

The Pillowman at Elmwood Playhouse



I read Martin McDonagh's intense play The Pillowman years before I ever saw a live production of it. It was so different from any of the other McDonagh scripts I'd seen on stage (The Beauty Queen of Lenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore.)/…

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MARCH 13, 2014 4:38PM

TV Show Comebacks

Who doesn't like a comeback? Hollywood producers constantly try to keep milking dead cows, crossing their fingers for more cash left in those bovine corpses. The Veronica Mars movie opens this weekend, bringing the cult television series to the big screen after a much-publicized crowd-fund/…

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MARCH 10, 2014 12:36PM

Best Reader Comment for February 2014

My new posting schedule on my City of Kik blog has delayed my monthly "Best Reader Comment" feature, but here we are, better late than never.  February's outstanding feedback comes from Abrawang, who shared his thoughts on a number of my posts last month, all insightful/… Read full post »
MARCH 4, 2014 4:41PM

Movies in March and April 2014

Winter stinks, especially when it comes to movies. January and February are over, thank goodness, and the months ahead should see a growing onslaught of more interesting films. Here's what's coming our way during the next two months.

WEEK-BY-WEEK MOVIE PICKS FOR MARCH 2014

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MARCH 3, 2014 4:28PM

The Oscars In Memoriam Tribute

One of the most poignant moments during each year's Academy Awards ceremony is the montage segment called "In Memoriam." It has become a tradition in which the many talented people from the film industry who passed away during the previous year are recognized. It's a somber but/…

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FEBRUARY 24, 2014 10:18PM

Multiple Kings Lear

We've seen multiple portrayals of Hamlet and even more of Macbeth (here and here, with more on the way), but now we seem to be in a phase when William Shakespeare's regal madman King Lear seems to be all the rage. From local productions to major/…

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FEBRUARY 17, 2014 10:27PM

Who Will Be the Next Yankee Captain?

When Derek Jeter announced that 2014 would be his final season as a professional ballplayer, it marked what would be the official end of an era in New York Yankees history. Jeter is not only one of the Top Ten greatest Yankees of all time (rank him/…

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It's painful to see the she-said/he-said Woody Allen scandal play out in so many media channels with Dylan Farrow's op-ed piece in the New York Times, followed by Allen's repeated denials of the abuse allegations. No charges were filed after the investigation twenty years ago, but if/…

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The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was certainly a shock. Passing away at the age of 46 is far, far too young. He was such a talented man, we can only wonder now what other amazing performances lay ahead for him, but now he's gone. I/…

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FEBRUARY 1, 2014 10:25PM

Best Reader Comment for January 2014

I continue to be awed and humbled by all the feedback I continue to receive about my online journal, City of Kik.  Thank you all!  I'll continue to give a shout out to the "best of comment of the month," and this time, for January 2014, the praise/…

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JANUARY 28, 2014 9:25PM

Remembering the Beatles

It was nice seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on stage together playing music at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Although it could never be called a Beatles reunion without John Lennon and George Harrison (may they both rest in peace), it still was a wonderful moment for/…

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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.

 

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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
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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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