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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OCTOBER 18, 2010 9:41PM

Hey Yankees, Win It for Freddy

The New York Yankees lost some icons this year: Bob "the Voice" Sheppard and George "the Boss" Steinbrenner.  Another one passed away on Sunday -- the ultimate fan Freddy Schuman.

Anyone who has been to a game at Yankee Stadium might remember seeing or hearing the presence of Freddy with h/…

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OCTOBER 17, 2010 10:39PM

Twenty Years of IMDb

Twenty years ago, the Internet Movie Database was born.  It has since become the ultimate source for information about movies and television. 
IMDb is a comprehensive goldmine of data about virtually every film and televised show ever made.  If you want to look up an actor's res/…

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OCTOBER 16, 2010 10:30PM

Why I Love Baseball

Playoff season is upon us, and once again I am reminded that almost nothing is as great as baseball in October.  The New York Yankees vs. the Texas Rangers, the Philadelphia Phillies vs. the San Francisco Giants, anticipation is in the air as two of these teams will soon stand victorious/…

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OCTOBER 15, 2010 12:45PM

Marvel Plans to Bring Hulk Back to TV

While NBC works with DC Entertainment to resurrect a Wonder Woman television series, reports are coming in that ABC is working with Marvel Entertainment to bring the Hulk back to TV

Although Mark Ruffalo is scheduled to play the part of Bruce Banner, the alter ego of the gamma-ray-power/…

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OCTOBER 14, 2010 10:33PM

When Live TV Becomes a Gimmick

On Thursday night, the NBC sitcom 30 Rock broadcast a live episode.  Watching events on television in real time, whether actual bits of news like the rescue of the Chilean miners, sports programming like the baseball playoffs, or shows like Saturday Night Live can be very gripping and ent/…

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OCTOBER 13, 2010 10:52PM

BlogWorld and New Media Expo 2010

Sorry I can't attend this year's BlogWorld and New Media Expo which is taking place in Las Vegas October 14 through 16.  But for those of you who are there, enjoy the fun.  Those of you who are like me and are unable to be there in person, here is the/…

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OCTOBER 12, 2010 3:18PM

Too Much Stuff on TV

One of my sisters jokingly chided me this weekend because I do not watch two of her favorite shows, House and How I Met Your Mother. She claimed that it was unforgivable that I label myself a so-called "pop culture expert" yet do not regularly tune in to those top-rated and/…

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OCTOBER 11, 2010 9:59PM

Watching PBS

As the media landscape continues to change, I have often wondered if Public Television has outlived its purpose.  Back in the days when there were only a limited number of TV channels, and most of them aired content for their commercial appeal, PBS was an obvious necessity, providing show/…

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OCTOBER 10, 2010 9:49PM

Appreciating the History of Comics

As a fan of comics, I have always been a sucker for big, coffee-table-size, hardcover books like the Marvel Encyclopedia or the DC Comics Encyclopedia.  So I had picked up Marvel Chronicle: A Year By Year History, an excellent chronology of the legacy of the House of Ideas that gave us/…

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OCTOBER 9, 2010 10:56PM

A Visit to Van Saun Park's Zoo

We were supposed to go to Sesame Place today with the family, but my little daughter was feeling a little under the weather and I was still fighting a bit of a cold so my wife and I decided to go some place closer.  My mother-in-law suggested Van Saun Park where/…

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OCTOBER 8, 2010 12:34PM

Wonder Woman Returning to Television

In another sign that Hollywood cannot figure out how to make a blockbuster feature film with a female superhero in the lead, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment seem to be temporarily putting a Wonder Woman movie on the backburner and placing their bets on a new television version.  Da/…

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OCTOBER 7, 2010 3:55PM

Thoughts on the New Age of Discovery

Some people have been comparing the scientific discoveries of today to the Age of Discovery from the 15th century to the 17th century.  The bridge between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age was a stunning time of intellectual growth for the human race.  Now, we are facing new discove/…

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OCTOBER 6, 2010 1:53PM

Hollywood's Fear of Flying

Two new shows this season, The Event and No Ordinary Family, had airplane crashes as key plot points in their first episodes.  Long before the tragic attacks on 9/11 when passenger planes were turned into terrorist weapons, movies and television glorified hijackings and aerial disasters f/…

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OCTOBER 5, 2010 3:14PM

Another Munsters Remake

There have been a number of attempts over the years to bring back The Munsters, the short-lived but still beloved 1960s sitcom about a family of kooky monsters.  The Wayans Brothers tried to resurrect the show as a major motion picture recently, but it amounted to nothing. Now NBC is/…

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OCTOBER 4, 2010 2:50PM

The Final Days of Harlan Ellison?

Knowing my admiration for writer Harlan Ellison, a friend of mine forwarded me an article from the Daily Page about what was billed as his "final convention appearance" at MadCon 2010, which took place at the end of September in Madison, Wisconsin.  The interview with Ellison was fu/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2010 12:09PM

Poll Results: Backlash Against 3D

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Hollywood numbers-crunchers can provide stats and figures to justify the investment in 3D technology and the higher ticket prices for 3D movies.  They can argue that the 3D trend is drawing more people to movie theaters and boosting profits at the box office.  But I am not/…

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OCTOBER 2, 2010 12:27AM

Actorfest 2010

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For the fourth year in a row, I will be attending Actorfest, Backstage's annual acting expo.  Presented by the Stella Adler studio of acting, it is an always informative and entertaining exhibition, with a lot of great vendors, terrific workshops, and plenty of networking opportuni/… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 1, 2010 1:55PM

A Letter to George Lucas About 3D

Dear Mr. Lucas,

I am writing to you as a fan of your Star Wars franchise, not a hater.  Your movies sparked my imagination as a child and helped launch my passion for cinema, speculative fiction, and pop culture through adulthood.  I hear that you will be re-releasing the six existing… Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 3:25PM

Jane Badler Returns to V

Fans of the original V television show are happy to learn that actress Jane Badler, who played the wicked alien leader Diana in the 1980s, will be appearing in ABC's revamped show.  Badler will play the mother of Anna, the current lizard-in-disguise Visitor.  Her character, a reboote/…

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 3:45PM

Pele Brings Back the New York Cosmos

When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to soccer games at Giants Stadium, where I saw Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, and others play in front of enthusiastic crowds.  The North American Soccer League (NASL) reached its peak in the late 1970s and fizzled out in the/…

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 4:37PM

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz

Back Stage's Espresso blog and the ArtsBeat blog of The New York Times reported that Michael Crawford, the original Phantom of the Opera, has been cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming musical theater remake of The Wizard of Oz

Before you freak out about yet another reimagine/…

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 10:21AM

The Many Faces of Superman

This is the final season of Smallville, and the showrunners are promising that faithful viewers will finally get to see Clark Kent don the familiar red, blue, and yellow costume of Superman.  Tom Welling will, after long last, be the latest in a long line of actors who have portrayed/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 9:10AM

A Look at the Hosts of Family Feud

Family Feud is one of the most popular televised game shows ever made.  Its format is simple and the viewing audience can play along, guessing the answers along with the contestants.  It has undergone some changes over the years (many of which I think were unnecessary attempts to bo/…

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 1:52PM

Looking Forward to New York Comic Con 2010

New York Comic Con is coming.  Billed as the "largest pop culture event on the East Coast," it will be a fun few days from October 8 - 10, 2010, at the Jacob K. Javitz Center on the Westside of Manhattan. 

Scheduled to appear are director M. Night Shyamalan, cult/…

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 3:06PM

Once More Into the Breach

Once again on Friday night, September 24, I will be performing my new interpretation of Puck monologues from A Midsummernight's Dream as part of Darknight Productions' What I Always Wanted to Do: The Shakespeare Edition - Once More Into the Breach

Other performances include: Catherine D/…

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