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 30, 2010 11:00PM

A Graveyard of Online Forums

As the Wall Street Journal and other media report that Salon.com might be seeking a buyer or a merger, rumors (and in some cases outright panic) began to spread among the faithful users of Open Salon that the popular online community might be unceremoniously axed.  Talk of the d/…

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NOVEMBER 29, 2010 11:10PM

What Lucas Should Have Learned From Kershner

When people list the greatest directors of all time, few mention Irvin Kershner, who passed away on November 27 at age 87.  He did not have an extensive body of work, he did not win an impressive amount of awards, he did not become a household name.  But he directed what has/… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 28, 2010 1:17PM

Albanian Flag Day

November 28 marks the declaration of independence by Albania after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1912.  Proclaimed during the National Assembly of Vlora, on that date the flag was officially accepted as the symbol of the independent nation of Albania. 

Here in New York,/…

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NOVEMBER 27, 2010 6:11PM

Acting in a Digital Age

When I went to Actorfest this year, I could not help but notice how the business of acting has evolved over the years.  The fundamentals remain the same, but many things have changed since I was a kid with dreams of making it big in show biz.  Now, I am older/… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 26, 2010 8:57PM

A Visit to Stepping Stones Museum

My wife is on a mission to find fun destinations to take our baby girl.  On Friday, she and I took her to Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut. 

It's a very well designed place for the youngest of visitors -- imagine a super playground with educational les/…

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NOVEMBER 25, 2010 12:46PM

A List of Thanks

On this Thanksgiving Day, 2010, I am grateful for many things.  Here are just a few:
  • My wife, Juliana -- my best friend and soulmate
  • My daughter, Tori -- I feel blessed every day to have such a miracle in my life
  • My family -- my/
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NOVEMBER 24, 2010 10:36PM

Gattaca: A Science Fiction Movie Gem

I was reading the excellent io9.com article by Charlie Jane Anders about Andrew Niccol's upcoming new movie Now starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.  I started thinking about Niccol's career -- he has written (and in some cases directed) some thought-provoking sci-fi films, inc/…

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NOVEMBER 23, 2010 10:02PM

Stage Play Reading List

Stage plays are meant to be performed by actors and watched by an audience, but I still enjoy reading a new script and imagining the story unfold in my mind's eye.  Sometimes, reading a script can be just as enticing as seeing a live production. 

During the holiday season, I wil/…

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Frequent readers of my online journal know that I am a huge fan of George R.R. Martin's fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire and that I have been eagerly awaiting HBO's adaptation of the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones. Now, Entertainment Weekly has published a few/…

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NOVEMBER 21, 2010 6:10PM

Thank You to a Wonderful Cast and Crew

A bit of sadness always sweeps over me after the end of a theater project.  The conclusion on Saturday night of our production of Laughter on the 23rd Floor was no exception.  This truly was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had on stage in a very long time,/…

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NOVEMBER 20, 2010 2:05PM

Defending Katy Perry

Poor Katy Perry.  Once again she is catching flack for flaunting her cleavage.  First Sesame Street banned a seemingly innocent video she shot with Elmo, and now VH1 has apparently altered a promotional poster for her appearance on the special Divas Salute the Troops to tone down her/…

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 I asked my wife yesterday, "What should I blog about?"  And she responded, "Tigers."  I racked my brain thinking of a pop culture connection.  Many popped to mind but the one that stuck was the cheesy but awesome villain Tigerman from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. /…

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So many people have told me that they cannot afford to attend Broadway shows anymore.  With the price of "good seats" at "good times" for popular shows costing over $100 a ticket (not counting dinner or parking), going to a Broadway production can be a fortune.  The result is th/…

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The trailer for the new movie Red Riding Hood, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, has been heating up the Internet.  The classic fairytale becomes a sexually charged romantic thriller set in a fantasy world where the big bad wolf is a shapeshifting werewolf.

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NOVEMBER 16, 2010 3:57PM

DC and Marvel Comics Go Digital

The two big comic book publishers, DC and Marvel, have finally embraced new technology and are offering their titles digitally to be read on computers, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices.  No longer are these comic strip adventures limited to print publications. 

Marvel/…

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NOVEMBER 15, 2010 4:39PM

Winter Movie Preview 2010

Here we are, the middle of November, and there are plenty of interesting movies already playing in theaters, including Megamind, Unstoppable, Due Date, Skyline, Morning Glory, For Colored Girls, Red, Paranormal Activity 2, Saw 3D, Jackass 3D, 127 Hours, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spi… Read full post »
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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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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