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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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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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 10:57PM

Famous Cars From Pop Culture

My first car was a 'vette.  (Pause)  A Chevette!

I always get a kick from telling that joke.  And that Chevette was the butt of many jokes.  It had trouble accelerating uphill, and it was so puny that my friends were able to physically pick it up with their bare hands one/…

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 3:26PM

Puck in a Strait Jacket

Tonight and Friday, I will be performing as Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream in a show of scenes and monologues from William Shakespeare's plays.  One of my favorite roles was Puck in a college production set in the "New World," so when this opportunity arose, I decided to reprise the/…

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My wife and I watched the series premiere of NBC's much-hyped new show, The Event.  Even though it had its flaws, we will be tuning in again to see where the story goes.  People are comparing it to Lost and 24.  There is a President facing some sort of crisis, but/…

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 11:30PM

Fake Documentary Movies

When does a trend become a cliche?  My wife and I watched Cloverfield last night and it was an enjoyable giant monster action flick.  Like Blair Witch Project, the gimmick of the film was the premise that it all was a recording taped on a camcorder by characters in the story. /…

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On Saturday night I went to Comic Strip Live NYC with a bunch of friends and enjoyed the comic talents of George Wallace, Chuck Nice, JJ Ramirez, and others.  We're lucky in New York to have a bunch of great comedy clubs.  In addition to Comic Strip Live, there's Caroline's on/…

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 10:50PM

Congratulations, Donnie Baseball

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a wise choice in selecting Don Mattingly to be the new manager to replace Joe Torre next season. 

Die-hard fans of the New York Yankees will always have fond memories of the man who was one of the greatest team Captains of all time, a role/…

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 10:05PM

Are You Watching Fringe?

Now that Lost is off the air, what series can take its place as the next big mainstream television hit?  One show that has already earned the loyalty of genre fans is Fringe.  About to start its third season, I think it has a great chance to grow its viewership and/…

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 9:47PM

Alex Proyas to Direct Paradise Lost

Director Alex Proyas has been selected by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures to helm their ambitious production of Paradise Lost.  The adaptation of John Milton's epic poem, originally published in 1667, is a daunting project, but the central battle between the angel armies led by Lucife/…

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 11:52PM

How Old Is Too Old For Superman?

Whether based on truth or not, the recent rumors that Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men, is being considered for the role of Superman in the upcoming reboot produced by Christopher Nolan, is interesting.  The only factor that people seem to perceive as a negative for him winning the part is/…

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 11:01PM

Hollywood Reporter Rediscovers Journalism


When I first heard the news that the daily show business trade publication The Hollywood Reporter would become a weekly, glossy magazine, what surprised me most was not what its future might be but rather what it had become to warrant such a drastic make-over.  Apparently, its staff had&/…

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 11:04PM

My Favorite Writers of Short Stories

Nowadays, with attention spans being ever briefer, with micro-blogs being all the rave, with brevity being trendy even in stage theater where 10-minute plays have become a popular fad, I am surprised that short story anthologies are not even more popular than ever in the publishing world. /…

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