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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Every major Hollywood studio seems to be trying to mimic the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Who can blame them? Fans have been flocking to Disney's superhero movies with no end in sight.  Warner Bros. is trying to apply the same formula to its DC Universe properties/…

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JUNE 22, 2014 12:23AM

Books Worth Re-Reading

Summertime is finally here! Many folks are scouring the bestseller lists for beach reading material, but why not consider re-reading some blasts-from-the-past that have been collecting dust on the bookshelf? I've listed a bunch that have served me well after multiple go-throughs. Plus, if/…

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JUNE 19, 2014 4:49PM

Too Many Pixar Sequels?

Is Pixar, the animation company know for such instant classics as A Bug's Life, Ratatouille, and WALL*E, losing its creative edge by relying on too many sequels to previous hits?

No one can argue that the Toy Story trilogy was brilliant, but did we really need Cars 2?

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JUNE 17, 2014 11:10AM

A Good Time to Be a Sports Fan

Even though my New York Yankees might be playing catch up to the Toronto Blue Jays, plenty of other sports events besides baseball this week have kept my interest. It's an exciting time to be a sports fan.

California Chrome teased us chasing the Triple Crown only to/…

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If you enjoy speculative fiction as much as I do, it's tough to avoid tales that deal with time travel. Odds are that you probably have a favorite story that deals with temporal hopping. I certainly have a list of my own personal faves -- BackRead full post »

Thank you all for your ongoing feedback.  It motivates and encourages me. I've been acknowledging the "best" comments from my readers every month, and here's a list of the "winners" so far (in alphabetical order): Abrawang, Bill Beck, CrankyCuss, LibbyLiberalNYC, MalcolmXY, Pat Malone/…

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JUNE 5, 2014 10:18AM

Comic Book Heroes on TV

My new poll is ready for your feedback.  Those of you who read my posts about the new shows scheduled for the broadcast television networks will have noticed a trend -- ABC, NBC, FOX, and the CW all have a new series inspired by a comic book. (CBS/…

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MAY 29, 2014 10:46PM

A Review of the New Godzilla

Everything you need to know about the new Godzilla movie can be found in the opening credits. It goes without saying that there are massive kaiju-sized spoilers ahead, so turn back now if you don't want to read about specific plot points, otherwise onward!

The opening credits are tantalizing/…

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Following the new season announcements by NBC, FOX, and ABC, now it's time for CBS to unveil its roster of new shows.  What do you think?

Madam Secretary -- Tea Leoni stars as the Secretary of State in this political drama.

The McCarthys -- Here's a sitcom/…

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Yesterday I looked at NBC, now it's time to turn our attention to the new shows that will debut on the FOX broadcast network.  Some interesting programming on the horizon.

Gotham -- The most anticipated series is this Batman prequel. They're all here -- younger versions of Jim/…

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It's that time of year again when the television networks introduce their new programming to advertisers. Here's what we can expect in the new TV season from NBC, which is starting to turn its fortunes around.

A to Z -- Follow the romance between Andrew and Zelda, played/…

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I keep thinking that, now that my frequency of blog posting has diminished, feedback from my readers will also decline, but my amazement continues to grow as you all share some wondrous ideas with me every time I write something. This month's meritable comment is from Cranky Cuss./…

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APRIL 18, 2014 12:25PM

Bits and Pieces: Belated Headlines

One unfortunate result of reducing my frequency of blog posts a few months ago was that my "evergreen" story ideas piled up, some of them becoming quite dated and proving not to be so evergreen after all.  Before they become outright ancient, here's a brief rundown of headlines I had… Read full post »
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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