Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
Bronx, New York, United States of America
December 13
Writer, actor, media professional, fan of entertainment, pop culture, and speculative fiction. Contact for more info.


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DECEMBER 7, 2010 9:39PM

Always Looking for Ideas

Since starting my City of Kik blog last year, I have posted over 600 entries. I have managed to post a new essay every day, missing only a few days when my daughter was born and one day when I had minor surgery last January.

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DECEMBER 6, 2010 11:07PM

Steinbrenner and the Hall of Fame

George Steinbrenner, who passed away last summer, continues to be the focus of heated debate by sports fans.  First, some people critized the enormous plaque erected in the new Yankee Stadium's Monument Park. Some jokingly described it as so large it could be seen from space.  D/…

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Betty White has made it trendy for people to campaign to host NBC's long-running sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.  I have previously written in support of Carol Burnett's campaign.  Now, Sesame Street's Cookie Monster is auditioning for the job.  Personally, there are oth/…

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Fish-out-of-water stories can be very entertaining because we see the humor in the clash of different cultures.  Such comedies can reach new levels when we recognize that the "stranger in a strange land" actually has more similarities to their seemingly different new n/…

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DECEMBER 3, 2010 4:49PM

20 Years After Home Alone

Has it really been twenty years since Home Alone hit movie theaters?  Yes, it has.  The movie that made Macaulay Culkin a child superstar was released on November 16, 1990.  Where did those two decades go?  Seems like only yesterday when the comedy, directed by Chris Columb/…

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DECEMBER 2, 2010 10:32PM

The Art of Movie Trailers

Just like you cannot judge a book by its cover, you cannot judge a movie by its trailer.  The coming attractions can sometimes be much better than the actual film.  I have long thought that the creators of those wonderful sneak peaks should be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture/…

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Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 1, 2010 11:13PM

Campy TV Oddities

Some television specials are so campy, they become instant classics.  Some are so bad, they're actually entertaining to watch.  Some others are so unbelievably terrible they have rarely been seen again.  These are a few that I remember from my childhood days. 

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NOVEMBER 30, 2010 11:00PM

A Graveyard of Online Forums

As the Wall Street Journal and other media report that 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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Editor’s Pick
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 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. 


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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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