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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The 2014 People's Choice Awards took place a few days ago and I'm finally getting around to contemplating the big winners.  I stopped watching the broadcast of the ceremony years ago, because the whole event seemed too staged for me. I don't know if the winners are alerted befo… Read full post »
JANUARY 8, 2014 10:52PM

Casting: What Might Have Been

Did you hear the news that the late great Tupac Shakur was considered for a role in the Star Wars prequels?  Allegedly, before he died, he was up for the part of Mace Windu, which eventually went to Samuel L. Jackson.  At least that's what Rick Clifford,/…

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JANUARY 5, 2014 9:45PM

Awards Season

Party season has ended for most of us, with the conclusion of the holiday stretch of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, but celebrities are just gearing up for the festivities. What Holloywood calls the "awards season" is upon us. During the next ten weeks or so, the entertainme/…

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I'm loving all the feedback everyone is giving me about my posts. Thank you, not only for reading my blog, but for sharing your own thoughts with me.  The "winner" of this month's "best comment" shout-out is LibbyLiberalNYC for not one but TWO epic comments -- one of/…

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JANUARY 2, 2014 10:58PM

Movies in January and February 2014

Every couple of months, I've been previewing upcoming movies, and it's been greeted positively, sparking some good feedback, so I'll continue doing it. It's also been interesting to go back and revisit what I wrote before, seeing (in hindsight) which films were a success and which flop/…

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JANUARY 1, 2014 9:41PM

Turning Blogs Into Printed Books

At the end of each year and the start of each new one, I order a printed version of my City of Kik blog as a keepsake.  I enjoy skimming through the pages and seeing which posts pop out and which could have used a rewrite (or maybe/…

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DECEMBER 30, 2013 10:38PM

TV Recommendation: The Writers' Room

Whether you're a writer yourself or just a fan of solid storytelling, you'll enjoy The Writers' Room on the Sundance Channel. Hosted by Community star Jim Rash, every episode is a panel discussion with some of the writing staffs of the finest shows on television. R/…

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Believe the buzz and go see American Hustle, a movie that will surely be in serious contention for all the big awards this season. It's written and directed by David O. Russell, who is fast becoming one of the most amazing filmmakers of our generation, proving that/…

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DECEMBER 26, 2013 10:50PM

Books That Spark Interesting Discussions

Two of my Christmas gifts this year were excellent books, the kind that beg to be displayed on coffee tables so guests can flip through their over-sized pages illustrated with incredible pictures.  The subject of these two oversized volumes also spark conversation -- each one is a subj/…

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DECEMBER 22, 2013 10:07PM

5 Theater Shows I Want to See in 2014

Time to look ahead to the stage shows coming to Broadway and Off-Broadway that I would like to see in the next few months.  (Hint: Tickets to these productions would make excellent Christmas gifts!)

Bronx Bombers -- I wanted to see this when it debuted Off-Broadway, now it's coming/…

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DECEMBER 21, 2013 10:38PM

Which Mobile App Games Do You Play?

As the console wars heat up between Microsoft Xbox One and PlayStation4, millions of gamers are downloading playable applications right to their mobile devices.  Those fun apps are often free and offer hours of addictive entertainment that you can carry with you anywhere on your s/…

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DECEMBER 18, 2013 11:37PM

Some Books Prove That Print Still Works

I'm one of those readers who have championed electronic readers and e-books, but there are some examples out there of physical books proving that the prediction of the death of print might be premature. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst shows that the print medi/…

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DECEMBER 17, 2013 10:21PM

Favorite Gilligan's Island Episodes

Warner Bros. is proceeding with its movie adaptation of Gilligan's Island and, according to, the cast will include stage, TV, and film actor Josh Gad. The comedy was a guilty pleasure for many, and equality criticized by many as an example of the vapidity of the/…

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DECEMBER 16, 2013 10:57PM

Two Legends of Acting Pass Away

On Sunday we lost two legendary actors -- Peter O'Toole, who passed away at the age of 81, and Joan Fontaine, who died at the age of 96.

O'Toole earned eight Oscar nominations, and even though he never won, his performances in classic movies such as Lawrence of… Read full post »
DECEMBER 15, 2013 11:08PM

Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream

The inaugural production at the Theatre for a New Audience's new Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Julie Taymor, lives up to the impressive hype it has received. Seeing it on my birthday, my expectations were high and I wasn't disappointed.&nbs/…

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DECEMBER 10, 2013 10:49PM

Shared Universes

Marvel Entertainment has become the envy of many for the exceptional job it's done creating a shared cinematic universe. As in the comics, the characters exist not only in their individual stand-alone stories, but their adventures take place in the same fictional reality (pardon the o/…

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DECEMBER 8, 2013 10:15PM

Too Many Villains?

The new trailer for the upcoming superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-man 2 (the fifth Spidey movie, actually, counting Sam Raimi's original trilogy not too long ago) looks exciting, but seems loaded with an army of supervillains whose individual storylines might be tough to cram into a sin/…

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DECEMBER 5, 2013 5:15PM

Which Decade Had the Best Movies?

In order to help you make your decision before voting in my new poll, "Which decade had the best movies?" allow me to list a few notable films throughout the years.

I didn't include the 1910s because, according to the Library of Congress, only about 15% of feature films from the silent… Read full post »
DECEMBER 2, 2013 3:59PM

Best Reader Comment for November 2013

The "Best Blog Comment" in November 2013 on my City of Kik entertainment and pop culture journal belongs to Matt McMillan for his thoughts that led to my blog post "My Apollo Creed Hypothesis."  Congratulations, Matt! You join the ranks of past winners since I started this little bragging/…

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DECEMBER 1, 2013 10:41PM

Tragic Celebrity Car Accidents

Actor Paul Walker is another celebrity gone too soon.  The news that he died as a passenger in a Porsche when it crashed on his way back from a charity event shocked a lot of people. It was bitter irony that he starred in the high-speed action Fast and Furious flicks. I also/…

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NOVEMBER 26, 2013 10:17PM

My Favorite Podcasts

Tired of reading?  Close your eyes, sit back, and just listen.  Here are some of the best podcasts out there, and you'll notice a trend -- it's all in keeping with the rise of geek culture.

The Geekbox -- Ryan Scott and crew sound off on video games, film, television, and comics/…

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NOVEMBER 24, 2013 11:54PM

My Apollo Creed Hypothesis

A hypothetical scenario popped into my head this weekend when I was chatting with friends about the Rocky movies while discussing the boxing match Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao vs. Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios.  I started speculating which of the fictional fighters in the Balboa universe, in their pr/…

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NOVEMBER 21, 2013 10:56PM

Multiple Steve McQueens

There can be only one! Well, that might be true for the immortals in Highlander, but apparently it doesn't apply in the entertainment business for people named Steve McQueen.

It's tough to top the original actor, born in 1930 as Terence Steven McQueen.  During his much-too-short li/…

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013 4:15PM

A Short Review of Almost Human

A new show debuted this week that should please many science fiction fans -- Almost Human, executive-produced by J.J. Abrams and created by J.H. Wyman, who previously brought us the excellent Fringe. Set in the future (which doesn't need to be a specific year, but is -- let the countdown to/…

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NOVEMBER 16, 2013 11:10PM

A Review of Thor: The Dark World

Whatever its detractors might say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven to be an amazing achievement -- consider it a big-budget serial series with a new chapter hitting the big screen every few months.  Thor: The Dark World continues the saga as the Son of Odin battles once again to/…

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