Nick Leshi

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

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I have always been a bibliophile, collecting books and reading at every opportunity. Ever since I received a Kindle as a gift, I have been reading more than ever. 

The e-reader allows me to carry my book collection everywhere I go.  Now, whenever I learn about a new book, I can/…

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My local newscasts are becoming more and more unabashedly biased in their reporting.  It's an obvious attempt to counter the competition from opinionated blogs, social media, and other electronic channels of news.  Some might argue that objectivity has been waining for years with the/…

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MARCH 10, 2011 3:43PM

Do Not Feed the Trolls

Listening to Charlie Sheen call people "trolls" made me think of online trolls, those often anonymous rabble-rousers who post inflamatory comments online seemingly for the sole purpose of causing drama.  The term originates from those monstrous beasts of fiction found in fairytales, The H… Read full post »
MARCH 9, 2011 10:24PM

Advertising or No Advertising?

During my class Wednesday night, my students and I discussed corporate blogs, commercial blogs, and different types of revenue options for online writing.  Advertising is one way that bloggers can make some money.  But many, like me, choose not to have ads clutter up their blogs.&nbs/…

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MARCH 8, 2011 10:20PM

The Music of Lauren Pritchard

It was the night after the Tony Awards in 2007.  My wife and I were in the audience during an amazing performance of Spring Awakening, only 24 hours after the show had won eight trophies, including Best Musical.  The air was electric, the crowd was energetic, and the actors on stage/…

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Quite a stir was created when Boom Studios announced a new Peanuts project for Kaboom, its new children's line.  Would we finally be seeing brand new adventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang?  Since creator Charles Schulz passed away in 2000, there has been no ne/…

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MARCH 6, 2011 10:25PM

Wacky Theories About Dino Dan

Kids love Dino Dan, the Canadian-produced television series that airs here in the States on Nick Jr. about a boy fascinated with dinosaurs.  Some adults have been making a few far-fetched theories about the show, reading into the absence of Dan's dad (who apparently is/…

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MARCH 5, 2011 11:14PM

The Trauma of Switching Smartphones

My Palm Pre served me well, but I dropped it one too many times, cracking its touchscreen and destroying its charger jack so it could no longer juice up its battery, so it finally gasped its last electronic breath.  Since the Palm Pre is being phased out, I had to switch/…

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MARCH 4, 2011 9:47PM

My Alma Mater in the Movies

I'm curious to see the new movie which opens this weekend, The Adjustment Bureau, not just because it stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt or because it's based on a story by one of my favorite writers Philip K. Dick, but because some of it was filmed at my alma mater,/…

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Another one of my totally unscientific but still interesting polls has concluded.  I asked, "About which topic do you wish bloggers would write more?"  The overwhelming majority (75% of all responders) answered, "Books!"  Other subjects (movies, pop culture, theater, sports/…

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MARCH 2, 2011 10:52PM

Stephen King's New Novel

For a guy who announced in 2002 that he would retire from writing, Stephen King has been more prolific than ever.  Fans of his stories are happy that he changed his mind, and I count myself as one of those unabashed fans.  Today he announced his newest novel and it sounds/…

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MARCH 1, 2011 10:03PM

Celebrity Apprentice 2011

A new season of Celebrity Apprentice begins this weekend, and it looks crazier than ever.  Donald Trump should forget about regular editions of the show with average no-name casts and simply stick to the celebrity versions.  Previous celeb winners have included Piers Morgan, Joan Riv/…

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FEBRUARY 28, 2011 10:37PM

Oscar Recap: What Worked, What Didn't

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards that aired on Sunday night already seem like ancient history.  Every pundit has had his or her say, every critic has voiced an opinion, seemingly every viewer has shared his or her thoughts thanks to the instantaneous nature of today's social/…

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FEBRUARY 27, 2011 8:27PM

How to Improve the Oscar Ceremony

I'm writing this right before the Academy Awards begin and I'm looking forward to a production that celebrates show business and hopefully has more than a few memorable moments.  Some people tune in for the fashion, others to see who wins (let's see if my toddler has correctly picked the… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 26, 2011 7:30PM

Oscar Memories: Jack Palance

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday night, and as a movie buff I confess I look forward to it every year.  One of the classic highlights of past Oscar ceremonies was the acceptance speech of Best Supporting Actor winner Jack Palance in 1991 for his role in City… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 25, 2011 9:52PM

Thoughts on Charlie Sheen

CBS finally shut down its hit sitcom Two and a Half Men for the season, but many are criticizing the timing.  I wondered how long the producers would look the other way and enable actor Charlie Sheen's destructive behavior.  His headline-grabbing binges with alleged hookers/…

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FEBRUARY 24, 2011 10:02PM

The Lost Art of Storytelling

I've been busy working on a project with StoryCorps, the independent nonprofit organization whose mission it is to record conversations of thousands of Americans and preserve their stories in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.  Some of those interviews are broadcast/…

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One of my sisters is a huge Knicks fan and she is deservedly giddy about her team's acquisition of superstar Carmelo Anthony (even if they had to trade away a lot to get him).  She didn't hesitate to badmouth any (and I quote) "sh*t-talkers" who now start rooting for the New/…

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FEBRUARY 22, 2011 11:04PM

The Talented Guillermo del Toro

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 One of my favorite filmmakers is Guillermo del Toro.  I was disappointed to hear that he won't be directing The Hobbit, but I'm looking forward to his remake of Frankenstein and his rumored guiding hand on the television reboots of The Incredible Hulk and The Munsters.  He is a/…

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Readers of my blog know that I'm a huge fan of Bill Willingham's Fables comic book.  DC Comics announced that it will be partnering with Telltale Games to create a video game of the property.  Not to be confused with Fable, the action roleplaying game set in the fictional continent o/…

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FEBRUARY 20, 2011 9:58PM

Still the Greatest Fictional President

Last year, I wrote about my favorite fictional Presidents in movies and television.  Harrison Ford in Air Force One topped my list.  As we celebrate Presidents Day once again, honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and remembering some of the other great leaders in American h/…

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FEBRUARY 19, 2011 10:19PM

Reasons Why DVD Sales Are Down

The DVD-Video format became the fastest-adopted technology in history, making its current rapid sales decline all the more troublesome.  Movie studios such as Paramount, Disney, Warner Bros., and others, are all struggling to find ways to counter their declining revenue for what/…

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FEBRUARY 18, 2011 9:10PM

My Toddler Picks the Big Oscar Winners

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 My 20-month-old daughter has made her predictions for this year's Academy Award winners.  Basically, I showed her the list of nominees and she pointed.  Hey, if an octopus can pick the victors of the World Cup, then my little girl can prognosticate who will come out on top dur… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2011 10:47PM

David E. Kelley's New Wonder Woman

Now that Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Wonder Woman in the new television version of the classic DC Comics superhero, I have some advice for the show's producer, David E. Kelley.  Palicki seems to be a great choice -- she's tall and beautiful with stunning eyes and decent acting talen/…

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FEBRUARY 16, 2011 10:54PM

When Is It Okay to Quit a Book?

I love reading.  There are so many books in the world that I want to read, but I know I will never have the chance to get to them all.  Here is my dilemma -- I am currently chugging through a book that is taking me a really long time to/…

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