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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NOVEMBER 14, 2010 7:26PM

The Magic of Live Theater

Enthusiastic sold-out crowds made this past weekend's performances of our production of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor something to remember.  In a world saturated with a wide selection of media entertainment, it is great to see people get so much pleasure from the art of li/…

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There is no denying that Frank Herbert's Dune series is one of the greatest science fiction classics ever written.  I even love the prequels and sequels written by Kevin J. Anderson and Frank's son Brian.  David Lynch made a hot mess motion picture in 1984 starring Kyle MacLachlan, S/…

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NOVEMBER 12, 2010 3:09PM

Myspace Tries to Stay Relevant

If I may paraphrase Ferris Bueller, life in cyberspace moves pretty fast -- if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.  In 2006, MySpace (building on the pioneering work of Friendster) was on top of the world, the most popular social networking s… Read full post »

For over 35 years, the LucasFilm company Industrial Light and Magic has been a pioneer and trendsetter in the field of visual effects.  ILM has set the standard for bringing to the screen virtually anything a screenwriter or filmmaker could imagine.  This weekend, a documentary will/…

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 10, 2010 4:00PM

Most Profanity Is Just a Sign of Laziness

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 A study shows that, over the past five years, profanity has risen 69% on broadcast television.  Click here for more details.  Now, I am not a prude who thinks that certain words should be forever censored, but I also think that some writers today fall into the easy trap of over/…

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NOVEMBER 9, 2010 3:30PM

Even Zombie Haters Seem to Like The Walking Dead

I hate overly-gory horror and I hate the over-done zombie trend, but I begrudgingly recorded the new television series The Walking Dead on my DVR.  The buzz was strong, the critics raved, and my wife and I finally watched the pilot episode last night, and I must say that the praise/…

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It was only a matter of time before unreleased musical recordings by Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, became public.  Jackson's official Web site released the new song, "Breaking News," today.  The single will be part of the all-new album, titled simply Michael, which will deb/…

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NOVEMBER 7, 2010 10:28PM

Reviewing the New Hollywood Reporter

The premiere issue of the revamped Hollywood Reporter has arrived.  When I first heard the news of the redesign of the classic show business trade publication, I wrote (in a somewhat snarky way) that it was rediscovering journalism.  I wondered if it would be a step in the right dire/…

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If you are looking for information about a song, a band, a singer, an album, where do you turn?  The greatest online resource has to be AllMusic.com.  What IMDb is for movies and television, AllMusic is for music.

The Web site describes itself as "a place for music fans to indulge the/…

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NOVEMBER 5, 2010 11:02AM

Five Years of Married Life

Five years ago today, my lovely wife Juliana and I exchanged vows in front of friends and family.  I cannot believe that half a decade has passed by already.  We now have a beautiful daughter and the future seems full of possibilites.

When we first met at a Web launch party, I/…

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NOVEMBER 4, 2010 12:27PM

The Origins of Break a Leg

Tonight is the preview of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Center Stage Playhouse in the Bronx.  I want to wish all my fellow castmembers a heartfelt "Break a leg!"  It has been a wonderful experience so far and I'm sure it will be a great show.

I always wondered how/…

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NOVEMBER 3, 2010 4:05PM

My Favorite Screenwriters

Script magazine's November/December 2010 issue has a great cover story on the "Top 10 Scriptwriters of the Decade."  It got me thinking of my own favorite screenwriters.  Here's my own list.

Quentin Tarantino - While I think Tarantino is a fine director, I think he is a far superior/…

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 1:26PM

Wireless Internet Wherever I Go

I finally switched to Clear for my mobile wireless Internet connection, and so far so good.  My previous provider (which shall remain nameless) was less reliable, more expensive, and a lot slower.  I am amazed at how affordable and how fast Clear's 4G service is. 

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NOVEMBER 1, 2010 3:48PM

The Stage Plays of Neil Simon

I'm in the middle of final rehearsals for Laughter on the 23rd Floor, a great play by Neil Simon.  In the past I also worked on The Odd Couple, which is arguably Simon's most popular play.  Here's the complete list of all the plays written by the man affectionately nicknamed "Doc."

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OCTOBER 31, 2010 9:59PM

When Work Invades My Dreams

Sleep is supposed to be a respite from the rigamarole of waking life.  You know you've been working too hard when the details of your day job creep into your dreamscape. 

I keep a dream journal, jotting down whatever I remember from my slumber, and looking back at the entries I/…

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To celebrate Halloween weekend, I'm going to a Murder Mystery Dinner with my wife and friends.  I have never been to one before, so I'm not sure what to expect, but this should be fun.  It's a vampire theme!  Here's all the info:

Mt Fuji Restaurant in Hillburn, New York, is proud/…

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time_travel
 

I have a confession to make.  I am a science fiction fan who doesn't believe in time travel.

Don't get me wrong, I love time travel stories when done right.  Star Trek's "City on the Edge of Forever" or the Terminator movies still entertain me after multiple vie/… Read full post »

Film buffs, set your DVRs, because there's a great documentary series coming up on Turner Classic Movies -- Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood.

Narrated by Christopher Plummer, the seven-part documentary will explore the early days of Tinseltown and the evolution of the film industr/…

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Now that we have a daughter, my wife and I suddenly are much more aware of how far Halloween costumes have evolved from our youthful days.  Elaborate animal get-ups, realistic superhero attire, outfits that look like they are directly from a big-budget Broadway musical or the backlot of a/…

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Here's a short little video in which the director of the new comedy I'm performing in, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, chats about the staging of this production and the themes of Neil Simon's play.  Interspersed are a couple of quick snippets of the (very early) rehearsal process.

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I was surprised (but in a nice way) when a couple of people thanked me for offering a spoiler alert in my recent mini-review of Hereafter.  I always take it for granted that if any plot points are mentioned in any review, the writer would be considerate enough to warn his or/…

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OCTOBER 24, 2010 12:15PM

Reaction to Eastwood's Hereafter

My wife and I went to see Clint Eastwood's latest film Hereafter last night.  It has been getting mixed reviews, with positive and negative reaction split almost right down the middle -- according to the compilations by RottenTomatoes.com, 51% of all critics liked it (although the nu/…

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laughter
I'm really enjoying the rehearsal process for the new show I'm in - Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, directed by Tal Aviezer.  I'll be playing the role of Milt Fields.  The entire cast (Ed Bartosik, Jocelyn Brown, Sarah Isaacson, Keith Maxwell, Dan McCallion, Matthew PRead full post »
OCTOBER 22, 2010 10:28PM

The Giant Pumpkins and Me

Like Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Linus waits and waits in the classic Halloween special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for the mighty pumpkin to rise from the pumpkin patch, but he never arrives.  Unlike Linus, I had the ple/…

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OCTOBER 21, 2010 9:37PM

Dierks Bentley Can Sing

I am not a big country or bluegrass fan, so when a performing artist of that genre grabs my attention, it is a testament to their talent and crossover appeal.  On Thursday morning, I had the pleasure of being in the presence of Dierks Bentley and his fellow musicians as we/…

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