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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All this talk about Bitcoin, the so-called "digital currency," has given me a sense of deja vu. It reminded me of a science fiction story I read years ago. I couldn't remember the title or the author, but I recalled that it appeared in the dearly missed publication/…

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APRIL 15, 2014 5:11PM

The Resurrection Trend

With Easter right around the corner, I don't know if it's good timing or just blasphemous for me to talk about the latest trend in fictional storytelling -- characters coming back from the dead.  Bestselling books are exploring the idea of an afterlife, with just two examples/…

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APRIL 14, 2014 4:48PM

Movies That Became TV Shows

Have you noticed how many television shows on the air right now are based on movies? First we have Fargo on the FX Network, inspired by one of my favorite Coen Brothers motion pictures. Apparently, this new show will be an anthology style format, like American Horror… Read full post »
APRIL 13, 2014 3:28PM

Amazon Buys Comixology

By acquiring Comixology, is sending a clear message that the future of comics is digital.

Sometimes I might sound as if I'm a mouthpiece for Amazon, but I'm honestly not on the payroll of Jeff Bezos (except for the minuscule royalties I receive for Kindle subscriptions to… Read full post »
APRIL 11, 2014 4:27PM

Congratulations to Stephen Colbert

The news that Stephen Colbert will be the new host of The Late Show, replacing the retiring David Letterman, couldn't make me happier.  Colbert is one of my favorite comedians and he will be a great fit in this new gig in the late night battlefield.

My only/…

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APRIL 9, 2014 2:31PM

Another Pro Wrestler Gone Too Soon

The news of the death of former professional wrestler James Hellwig, better known as the Ultimate Warrior, was devastating to hear. He was only 54 years old and had just been inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. Any of us who were fans of/…

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As I was watching director Darren Aronofsky's mostly outstanding Noah on Monday night at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater, I couldn't help but compare it to that biblical epic from yesteryear, The Ten Commandments. What would Cecil B. DeMille do with today's special effects? Russell Crowe and/…

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Actor Mickey Rooney passed away yesterday at the age of 93.  He spent most of the near century of his life performing.

In the 1920s, he starred as a child actor in a series of shorts as Mickey McGuire, such as Mickey's Big Game Hunt. It's incredible/…

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APRIL 6, 2014 9:20PM

Book and Movie Clubs

I've joined a book club at my church and I've started a movie club with my siblings. If Oprah can do it, why not us?  It gives us excellent motivation to finish the selected book or film before our next meeting, and I've always enjoyed talking about stories/…

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APRIL 4, 2014 10:02PM

Baseball First Impressions

As I write this, I'm watching baseball on television -- the debut of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka with the New York Yankees.  He joins the team after much hype and a dazzling number of seasons in Japan. I echo the hope of the Yanks that he can carry/…

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APRIL 3, 2014 11:07PM

David Letterman Announces Retirement

It truly is the end of an era as David Letterman announced that he will be retiring sometime in 2015.  As a new generation of late night talk show emerges, the old guard is fading into the sunset, and Letterman marks the last connection between the glory days/…

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APRIL 1, 2014 4:06PM

Best Reader Comment for March 2014

I was afraid that since I started posting less frequently, it would make my City of Kik readers comment less frequently in return, but I have been pleasantly surprised to see that the feedback level hasn't changed drastically, at least this month.  The Best Reader Comment Award/…

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MARCH 31, 2014 5:02PM

Farewell to Television without Pity

It's not surprising when a huge media conglomerate eats up a popular online site and then spits it out after making unnecessary changes that prove to be disastrous. The most recent example is NBCUniversal pulling the plug on a few of its Internet properties. While I've read/…

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MARCH 30, 2014 6:09PM

The Importance of Deadlines

Back at the end of January, facing a busier than usual season ahead of me, I decided to adjust the frequency of posts on my blog. Instead of forcing myself to post every day, as I had done as best I could for the years since I first/…

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As March winds down, I thought it would be fitting to conclude this Women's History Month by looking at an independent film called A Sort of Homecoming with a strong female cast and crew. Written by Lynn Reed, directed by Maria Burton, and starring Laura Marano and Katherine McNam/…

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MARCH 18, 2014 2:10PM

The Pillowman at Elmwood Playhouse

I read Martin McDonagh's intense play The Pillowman years before I ever saw a live production of it. It was so different from any of the other McDonagh scripts I'd seen on stage (The Beauty Queen of Lenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore.)/…

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MARCH 13, 2014 4:38PM

TV Show Comebacks

Who doesn't like a comeback? Hollywood producers constantly try to keep milking dead cows, crossing their fingers for more cash left in those bovine corpses. The Veronica Mars movie opens this weekend, bringing the cult television series to the big screen after a much-publicized crowd-fund/…

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MARCH 10, 2014 12:36PM

Best Reader Comment for February 2014

My new posting schedule on my City of Kik blog has delayed my monthly "Best Reader Comment" feature, but here we are, better late than never.  February's outstanding feedback comes from Abrawang, who shared his thoughts on a number of my posts last month, all insightful/… Read full post »
MARCH 4, 2014 4:41PM

Movies in March and April 2014

Winter stinks, especially when it comes to movies. January and February are over, thank goodness, and the months ahead should see a growing onslaught of more interesting films. Here's what's coming our way during the next two months.


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MARCH 3, 2014 4:28PM

The Oscars In Memoriam Tribute

One of the most poignant moments during each year's Academy Awards ceremony is the montage segment called "In Memoriam." It has become a tradition in which the many talented people from the film industry who passed away during the previous year are recognized. It's a somber but/…

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FEBRUARY 24, 2014 10:18PM

Multiple Kings Lear

We've seen multiple portrayals of Hamlet and even more of Macbeth (here and here, with more on the way), but now we seem to be in a phase when William Shakespeare's regal madman King Lear seems to be all the rage. From local productions to major/…

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FEBRUARY 17, 2014 10:27PM

Who Will Be the Next Yankee Captain?

When Derek Jeter announced that 2014 would be his final season as a professional ballplayer, it marked what would be the official end of an era in New York Yankees history. Jeter is not only one of the Top Ten greatest Yankees of all time (rank him/…

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It's painful to see the she-said/he-said Woody Allen scandal play out in so many media channels with Dylan Farrow's op-ed piece in the New York Times, followed by Allen's repeated denials of the abuse allegations. No charges were filed after the investigation twenty years ago, but if/…

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The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was certainly a shock. Passing away at the age of 46 is far, far too young. He was such a talented man, we can only wonder now what other amazing performances lay ahead for him, but now he's gone. I/…

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FEBRUARY 1, 2014 10:25PM

Best Reader Comment for January 2014

I continue to be awed and humbled by all the feedback I continue to receive about my online journal, City of Kik.  Thank you all!  I'll continue to give a shout out to the "best of comment of the month," and this time, for January 2014, the praise/…

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