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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APRIL 23, 2011 10:37PM

Support the Theater Project

One of the finest theater companies anywhere is The Theater Project in Union County, New Jersey, and I'm not just saying that because my mother-in-law was one of its founding members.  They produce quality, professional productions, and I hope everyone makes an effort to catch one of thei/…

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APRIL 22, 2011 10:32PM

When Fiction Becomes History

I've been watching The Kennedys mini-series on my DVR the past few nights and I feel guilty to say that I'm enjoying it immensely.  The guilt stems from knowing that the script takes creative liberties with history for dramatic effect and re-enacts some moments that are mere speculation a/…

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APRIL 21, 2011 11:45PM

The Worst Movies I Ever Paid to See

When a person sees a lot of movies as I have in my lifetime, one has to endure the bad with the good, and with the brilliant masterpieces there also come the absolutely dreadful calamities.  Here is a list of the worst movies in my memory. 

These aren't duds that I happened/…

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APRIL 20, 2011 10:22PM

The Best Red Riding Hood Movie

Red Riding Hood, the recent Twilight-esque adaptation by director Catherine Hardwicke, was a dud at the box office.  The upcoming cartoon sequel, Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil, is yet another retelling (with modern sensibilities) of the classic "Little Red Riding Hood" story.  As mo/…

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APRIL 19, 2011 11:47PM

Underrated TV Shows

A little while ago, I wrote about underrated movies, those films that didn't become blockbusters but still deserve praise and attention.  Now it's time to take a gander at underrated television shows, those programs that may not be household names but still managed to entertain me and sti/…

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APRIL 18, 2011 4:49PM

Rooting for New York Actors

ABC's decision to cancel two of its popular soap operas not only saddened fans of those specific long-running shows, All My Children and One Life to Live, it also disheartened many supporters of New York-based actors, writers, and other television production staff.  When those serial show/…

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What do John Steinbeck, Alfred Hitchcock, and the Runaway Theater Company have in common?  The answer is Lifeboat.  Steinbeck, one of America's greatest writers, first told the story as a novella.  Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors in cinema history, adapted the tale as a/…

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APRIL 16, 2011 2:30PM

Small Theater, Huge Emotional Impact

Watching live theater in an intimate performance space can be an amazing experience.  The shows at Center Stage Playhouse in the Bronx are a great example.  I went to see their final main stage production of the season, The Diary of Anne Frank, and it was a powerful performance. /…

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As I eagerly await HBO's epic series A Game of Thrones, the good news is spreading that another fantasy book series might be coming to television -- Neil Gaiman's American Gods.  Check out the scoop on Nikki Finke's Deadline.

Gaiman's novel about old deities versus new ones seems like/…

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Here is another edition of my compilation column, where I look at tidbits of news that grab my attention. 

1.  David Hayter has been selected as the writer for the adaptation of Dragonriders of Pern.  Hayter is the man responsible for the screenplays for X-Men, X2: X-Men United,/…

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APRIL 13, 2011 11:13PM

So Many Movies, So Little Time

On Tuesday night, I went to see Cactus Flower at the Westside Theatre.  It was a revival of the Broadway play (based on a French farce) that originally starred Lauren Bacall.  It was adapted into a movie with Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau, and Ingrid Bergman.  (Hawn won an Ac/…

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APRIL 12, 2011 3:29PM

Why I Blog About Pop Culture

It has been exactly two years since I created my current blog, City of Kik.  Since that first post on April 12, 2009, I have written (counting this one) 734 blog entries!  Now it is time for me to answer two questions that people have asked (and I have contemplated about as/…

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APRIL 11, 2011 10:52PM

The Films of the Hughes Brothers

When movie buffs think of brothers who are great directors, they might think of the Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan) who gave us Blood Simple, Miller's Crossing, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, True Grit, and other modern classics, or they might even think of the Wachowski/…

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APRIL 11, 2011 12:54AM

Key Horror Movies in Film History

With Scream 4 about to open soon at a movie theater near you, continuing Wes Craven's hit franchise that attempts to turn all the cliches of the horror genre on their head, I started thinking about the key scary movies throughout motion picture history. 

Here are the ones that I think/…

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Catch Me If You Can opens on Broadway Sunday, April 10, 2011.  My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing one of the final preview performances, the Saturday matinee.  We loved it so much; we think it will have a terrific run.  Many musicals have been turned into successful/…

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On Thursday night, I went to see American Idiot on Broadway.  I definitely wanted to see it before it ended its run on the Great White Way, and especially one of the final performances featuring Billy Joe Armstrong in role of St. Jimmy.  It has one of my favorite musical scores/…

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APRIL 8, 2011 12:22AM

Places of Legend

The National Geographic Channel is airing a special called Finding Atlantis, so it inspired me to think about all the mythic places throughout history that may or may not have actually existed.  Are they locations of myth only, or are the legends about them based on some reality?  Di/…

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APRIL 6, 2011 11:37PM

More Adaptations I Would Like To See

I've written before about adaptations of books and graphic novels that I would like to see, but an article by Bob Calhoun about "Science Fiction and Horror Stories That Need Adapting" inspired me to think of others.  So here's my list.

Time Enough For Love by Robert A. Heinlein -- Som/…

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It is time once again to talk about one of my guilty pleasures, reality television.  Wait!  Before you click away, take a moment to read the topic of my blog entry today.  I am convinced that reality show competitions are fast becoming the globe's new spectator sports fad.&/…

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APRIL 4, 2011 11:56PM

Adaptations as Graphic Novels

Original graphic novels are a fantastic storytelling medium,serving as the inspiration for a number of successful movie adaptations.  Comic books are natural storyboards, a visual presentation that shows the reader what might appear on the big screen, limited only by the creator's im/…

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Editor’s Pick
APRIL 3, 2011 9:46PM

A Trend in Mini-Series

I must preface this blog entry by affirming how much I love short-form television series.  The so-called "mini-series" is an excellent way to tell a story with a clear beginning, middle, and end.  Sometimes you don't need the usual 20-plus-hour seasons of episodic tales with no endin/…

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APRIL 2, 2011 11:40AM

The Year of the Wedding

Today's blog entry will be brief because I have to get ready and go to my cousin's wedding.  The media are abuzz with the pending royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, a frenzy unseen since the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.  But weddings, big or small, are/…

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Here is another edition of my "Bits and Pieces" column which I started almost two weeks ago to compile tidbits of information that might not warrant a full blog entry, but nevertheless grabbed my interest.

1.  Arnold Schwarzenegger will be transformed into a superhero cartoon in the n… Read full post »
April 1 is a weird little aberration on the calendar -- April Fools' Day.  Some would-be comedians look forward to it as an annual opportunity to showcase their humor, but most normal human beings just want it to quickly come and go, escaping its onslaught of weak jokes and pranks wi/…

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MARCH 30, 2011 11:41PM

Underrated Movies

Not every movie is a timeless classic and not every film is forgettable flop.  Cinema doesn't have to fall into the either/or classification.  There are plenty of flicks inbetween, mostly mediocre, not brilliant yet not unwatchable either, stuck in the middle of cinematic history.&nb/…

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