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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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 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 8, 2010 8:55PM

A Young Girl Proves Me Wrong on America's Got Talent

Back in June when America's Got Talent started its latest season, I posted my reaction to it.  Among my various comments and random critiques, I wrote: "I think children should be barred from the competition unless they are truly remarkable, equal to or surpassing the finest adult perfor… Read full post »
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AUGUST 16, 2010 11:15PM

The Ironic Struggles of Blockbuster Video

Is it wrong that I feel no sympathy for Blockbuster Video's recent financial struggles?  The superstore that helped wipe out neighborhood Mom-and-Pop video shops has been facing its own monster competition from Netflix and video-on-demand services available online and through cable and sa/…

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AUGUST 13, 2010 12:01PM

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

Google and Verizon's joint proposal about net neutrality and their wish to have the Federal Communications Commission adopt it as official policy has sparked debate.  PCMag.com reports that a rally is scheduled for today outside Google headquarters to voice opposition to the Google/Veriz/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 3, 2010 10:49PM

The Antiquated TV Audience Measurement System

Every so often, I feel like ranting about something in the media world that annoys me.  Usually it's something that has outlived its purpose, a status quo dinosaur that refuses to change with the times.  Today, that "something" is the television audience measurement system provi/…

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JULY 27, 2010 10:17PM

Defending Pop Culture

One of my favorite bloggers, Cranky Cuss, wrote a great essay bemoaning the state of American pop culture.  His decision not to renew his subscription to Entertainment Weekly made him question whether or not he had become a snob.  Allow me to become a popular culture apologist a/…

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JULY 14, 2010 1:53PM

Remembering the Good and the Bad of George Steinbrenner

Since so many people are still commenting on the life and times of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 80, I thought I'd chime in with my own reflections.  This is an expansion of a comment I shared yesterday on Lea Lane'… Read full post »
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JUNE 28, 2010 11:46PM

A Dozen of the Greatest Animated Movies of All Time

Toy Story 3 still reigns at the box office, so I decided to write about my top ten favorite animated movies of all time, but I couldn't stop at ten.  Here, then, is an even dozen of the best movie cartoons ever made.

The Iron Giant - My favorite has to be this/…

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JUNE 3, 2010 4:50PM

The Art of Superhero Costumes for Movies and TV

Images of the costume design for the new Captain America: The First Avenger movie directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans hit the Internet yesterday and had fandom buzzing.  Read all about it at Ain't It Cool News, io9.com, CinematicalJoBlo.com (who had a sneak peak/…

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MAY 27, 2010 1:28PM

How to Fix American Idol

Once again, a fan-favorite has failed to win the ultimate prize on American Idol.  Crystal Bowersox was the heir apparent to the singing competition crown since the beginning of the season, and remained a frontrunner week after week, but Lee DeWyze was the surprise winner during the final/…

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MAY 24, 2010 10:40PM

30 Years After The Empire Strikes Back

It has been thirty years since The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters.  The original Star Wars was a phenomenon that redefined the meaning of cinematic blockbuster, sparking the imagination of an entire generation, but its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, raised the bar on science fiction a/…

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MAY 21, 2010 9:40AM

New Shows Coming to the CW

This is my final report from the upfronts market (so all you television haters can breathe a sigh of relief).  The CW was the last of the broadcast TV networks to present its slate of new shows to advertisers.  Its offerings were slight but seemed to fit well with the current/…

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MAY 19, 2010 9:48AM

New Shows Coming to ABC

Now that Lost is about to disappear into the sunset, ABC is desperately searching for another flagship television series to take its place.  The upfront market continues as each broadcast network showcases its new series for next season to advertisers, and now it is the Alphabet Network's/…

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MAY 17, 2010 3:39PM

New Shows Coming to NBC

This week, the broadcast networks announce their new lineup of television shows during their "upfront" sales presentations to advertisers. I will be looking at what each network has to offer, as I did last year. First up is NBC, which has the highest hill to climb after its failed experiment l/…

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MAY 11, 2010 12:05PM

My Favorite TV Westerns

Yesterday I posted a list of some of my favorite movie Westerns. Now I’ll turn my attention to television where Westerns used to be a big deal. Here is a list of some of the best.

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr – This short-lived series earned cult status. Bruce Campbell played/…

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MAY 9, 2010 10:47PM

The TV Season in Review

Another television season is drawing to a close and now it's time to look back at what worked and what failed, what surprised everyone with their overachieving success and what disappointed everyone with their shortcomings.

Let's take a look network by network:

ABC

Modern Family came out of nowhe/…

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MAY 6, 2010 5:24PM

Rules for the Perfect TV Series Finale

The end is near. Fans of the television series Lost know what I am talking about. Only a handful of episodes remain before the popular show ends its run. Will the finale live up to expectations or will it be a bitter disappointment? Hopefully, the producers and writers of Lost have/…

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MAY 2, 2010 10:23PM

Defending the Lightsaber Duel in Star Wars: A New Hope

My family and I went to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in White Plains and had a wonderful time (even though all the cherry trees had peaked weeks ago thanks to this year's zany weather).  There were a lot of great vendors, performers, and fun activities.  One of my favorite attr/…

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APRIL 26, 2010 2:49PM

The Ethics of Posthumous Publishing

This weekend, I went to see the play Manuscript by Paul Grellong produced by the Theater Project that raised some interesting questions about the literary value of unpublished works and what to do with them after the author is deceased.  The play had some major twists and turns,/…

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APRIL 21, 2010 11:07PM

The Best Movie for Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day when extra efforts are made to appreciate the environment.  I wanted to recommend a movie that best captured that awareness so I racked my brain thinking of all the films that featured storylines about mankind versus nature.  There are classics like Alfred Hitch/…

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APRIL 15, 2010 1:24PM

To the Moon and Beyond

President Barack Obama's proposed budget for NASA and his plan for the future of America's space program has sparked debate not just with the public but also within the ranks of veteran astronauts.  While some former astronauts, such as Sally Ride and Buzz Aldrin, have come out to support/…

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APRIL 14, 2010 12:43PM

South Park Reaches Its 200th Episode

Tonight's new episode of South Park on Comedy Central is titled simply "200."  It will be the 200th episode of the popular and often controversial cartoon series.  How did a show about foul-mouthed kids in a Colorado town become such a pop culture phenomenon, reaching the milestone o/…

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