Nick Leshi

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

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 2:57PM

When Retirement Beckons Actors and Actresses

Two major entertainment figures announced their pending retirement from movie-making.  Hayao Miyazaki, internationally-renowned director and master of animation, stated that The Wind Rises would be his final feature film. Earning more headlines was the news that Jack Nicholson might retir/…

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JULY 23, 2013 10:59PM

Defending Celebrities Who Use Kickstarter

The news that Spike Lee is starting a Kickstarter campaign to help finance one of his next movies has once again sparked discussion about whether or not rich celebrities should use the crowd funding site to raise money for their pet projects. I've written before about the Kickstarter tren… Read full post »
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JUNE 23, 2013 12:14AM

The Curious Morality of Man of Steel

The new Superman movie Man of Steel is not as bad as some of the mediocre reviews might have you think. While it has its flaws, it actually has some extraordinary moments due in large part to the terrific cast's performances. There are a few nitpicks about pacing and some quibbles that/…

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JUNE 7, 2013 3:08PM

Celluloid's Last Gasp at the Drive-In

Multiplexes across the country (as well as across the world) have already begun their conversion to digital projection. Despite the outcry from cinephiles and film preservationists, it seems a sure thing that celluloid is in its death throes. One last bastion has been the drive-in theater, whi/…

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APRIL 11, 2013 10:52PM

The Star Wars We Never Saw

For two decades, Dark Horse Comics has been publishing new adventures set in the Star Wars universe. Very soon, it might lose its license as Disney, the new owner of the coveted George Lucas franchise, plans new cinematic chapters and shifts any comic book adaptations to its other major p/…

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APRIL 4, 2013 10:58PM

Remembering Roger Ebert

Even when the news came that Roger Ebert's cancer had returned, he still put on a brave front and looked toward the future. Despite announcing that he would have to cut back on his movie reviews, he still hoped to continue writing and was launching a Kickstarter campaign to resurrect… Read full post »

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MARCH 7, 2013 5:34PM

Movies That Were Never Made

The news that Steven Spielberg will make a miniseries on Napoleon, the biopic that Stanley Kubrick long developed but was never able to bring to life, made me think of all the other possible projects that litter the lanes of movie history, causing film fans to daydream and ponder the cinematic/…

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FEBRUARY 27, 2013 2:53PM

DC Kills Robin Again

DC Entertainment must really hate Batman's sidekick, they've gone and killed Robin the Boy Wonder once more. This time he dies in heroic fashion instead of just getting beaten to death by the Joker. Sacrificing one's life for the greater good is a tried-and-true dramatic device, but no on… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 9, 2013 11:11PM

Campaigning to Win an Oscar

The Academy Awards ceremony is only a few short weeks away, and the deadline is February 19 for the final ballots from those eligible to vote in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which means the campaign to win those coveted golden statuettes (affectionately nicknamed "Oscar")/… Read full post »
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JANUARY 31, 2013 11:02PM

Movie Musicals That Should Be Rebooted

A couple of days ago, I wrote about Broadway musicals that were being developed for the big movie screen.  Lo and behold, that same day I read the news that Will Smith and Jay-Z were proceeding with their plans to update Annie as a major motion picture.  A contemporary version/… Read full post »
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JANUARY 22, 2013 4:49PM

Atari Declares Bankruptcy

The video game pioneer company Atari has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Some younger gamers today might be surprised that Atari is still around in any capacity, since its glory days are long gone, but today's home video game industry owes a lot to what Atari accomplished.  It was a/…

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JULY 23, 2012 11:44PM

Too Many Trilogies?

The Amazing Spider-man exceeded my expectations. I had trepidations that this reboot was too much too soon, coming on the heels of Sam Raimi's mostly successful version of the webcrawling superhero only a few years prior. Even though Raimi's third film was a letdown in many people's eye/… Read full post »
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JULY 15, 2012 11:21PM

All Viewers Lose in Viacom vs DirecTV Dispute

The war between DirecTV and Viacom is the latest example of how television viewers are used as pawns in the financial negotiations between content carriers and content providers. Each one tries to paint the other as the villain, but the point remains that we the home audience are the suckers s/…

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JUNE 19, 2012 10:36PM

Entertainer Salary Envy

I'm just like the rest of you, working hard to make a buck to pay my bills and provide for my family. I too roll my eyes when I hear about the millions of dollars some guys make to play baseball. I too shake my head when I read about… Read full post »
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MAY 20, 2012 10:50PM

The Success of the Avengers

Another week, another box-office victory by Marvel's The Avengers. As of this writing, it has earned an impressive $457,000,000 domestically and an unbelievable additional $723,000,000 in foreign ticket sales, bringing its global total to over a billion dollars already. If it c/… Read full post »

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MAY 15, 2012 10:52PM

ABC: Fall TV Preview 2012

Yesterday I looked at the new shows from FOX and NBC, now it's time to examine what ABC has lined up for us next season.  The network has a knack for bringing together some good names for its casts.  Time will tell if the programs live up to their star power.

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MAY 14, 2012 10:53PM

FOX and NBC: Fall TV Preview 2012

The Upfront Market is upon us this week -- that's when the broadcast television networks present their new lineups for next season to advertisers. In the old days, we would have to wait until TV Guide's Fall Preview Issue to know what new shows were coming up, but now the Internet/… Read full post »
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MAY 7, 2012 10:31PM

The Best Time to Go to a Movie Theater

Some of you who haven't been to a movie in a long time might be tempted to go catch Marvel's The Avengers now that it's setting all sorts of box-office records and all your friends are buzzing about how much fun it is.  Yet, you might be hesitant to venture out/…

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MAY 5, 2012 10:55PM

The Golden Age of Superhero Movies

Earlier this week, I joked around with some friends that we are living through what can only be called the "golden age of superhero movies." After seeing Marvel's The Avengers on Saturday (with my little nephews who loved it), I can now put the kidding aside and affirm that yes, this/…

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MAY 4, 2012 4:34PM

Are There Too Many Standing Ovations?

One of the greatest features of the blogosphere is the forum it provides for conversation. It really is the new marketplace of ideas. A wonderful discussion has emerged on a few of my favorite blogs -- Uncensored John Simon (which I wrote about in January 2011) and Ken Davenport's The ProRead full post »
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APRIL 4, 2012 10:59PM

Has Product Placement in Movies Gone Too Far?

Product placement in movies is nothing new. M&Ms maker Mars, Inc., is probably still regretting turning down Amblin Productions' request to use its candy for a pivotal sequence in its blockbuster movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Hershey Foods Corporation swooped in and granted perm/…

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MARCH 23, 2012 4:03PM

The Rise and Fall of Pitcher Joba Chamberlain

As a lifelong Yankee fan, I was very saddened today to hear about the serious injury pitcher Joba Chamberlain suffered while allegedly jumping on a trampoline with his son. His severe ankle dislocation is not only the latest set-back for him, the loss of blood initially was almost life-th/…

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FEBRUARY 12, 2012 8:06PM

Remembering Whitney Houston


After seeing so many celebrities die far too young, one would think that we'd be numb to another tragic death, but the news Saturday night that Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48 saddened and shocked many. As I write this, I sit prepared to watch the Grammy/…

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JANUARY 19, 2012 11:04PM

Remembering the Superheroes of Archie Comics

During one of my mom's frequent top-to-bottom housecleaning adventures, she came across a nostalgic keepsake from my childhood, tucked away for years on a bookshelf or in the back of a closet somewhere or maybe in the attic or basement.  It didn't matter to me where she found it, I was/…

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NOVEMBER 21, 2011 11:52PM

Movies Still Matter

This past Sunday, the New York Times film critic (and former host of At the Movies) A.O. Scott wrote an interesting rebuttal to all the recent pronouncements that film is dead.  Titled "Film Is Dead? What Else Is New?," it wasn't so much a rebuke of the cinematic doomsayers as it/…

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