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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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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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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The calendar says Spring is officially here, but this year's brutal Winter still seems to want to play one last April Fool's joke on us as the unseasonably cold weather continues to linger with possible snowfall threatening to once again come our way here in New York.  But with Major Leag/…

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MARCH 28, 2011 10:50PM

The Allure of All-Star Casts

Amy Adams has won the coveted role of Lois Lane in the upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel movie.  The casting has really intrigued me: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Kevin Costner as Pa Kent, and Diane Lane as Ma Kent.  I have been similarly impressed with the announced cast o/…

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If you happened to watch ABC's World News Tonight on Sunday, you may have seen my little nephew Danny crying.  He was at the Bronx Zoo, one of his favorite places, where an Egyptian cobra has gone missing.  He was crying not out of fear that the venomous creature is on the/…

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My short play, Wise Man, which was originally part of my Dream Fragments anthology, was performed Friday night as part of Darknight Productions NYC 4x4 presentation of four short plays "about New York and New Yorkers."  It was an interesting variety of genres, both comedy and drama. /…

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MARCH 25, 2011 2:45PM

Some Celebrities Only Need One Name

According to the New York Post, Lyndsay Lohan is trying to legally drop her last name, so she will just be known as Lindsay.  This is not the first time (nor the last) that pop superstars have embraced a single-word monicker by which to identify themselves. 

Here is a list of so/…

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MARCH 24, 2011 11:17PM

Finally, 3D Without the Glasses

Gamers are excited about the new handheld videogame system Nintendo 3DS which offers three-dimensional effects without the need for those annoying glasses.  That's right, with nothing more your own naked eyeballs, you can now see 3D on an electronic screen.  I have written before abo/…

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MARCH 23, 2011 11:01PM

Farewell to a True Movie Star

Elizabeth Taylor led a long, interesting life in the spotlight.  Her passing reminds me that today's starlets and celebrities just don't measure up to the ones from yesteryear. 

She showed star quality with her violet eyes and rich emotion from her earliest films as a child, La… Read full post »
One of my favorite duties when I worked at DLT Entertainment was editing the company newsletter, Bits 'n' Pieces.  It was a compilation of items about our organization, tidbits about our employees, and news coverage about some of the television shows we were syndicating.  Periodicall/…

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MARCH 21, 2011 9:43PM

Enjoying Restaurant Week

My wife and I love going out to eat.  We have our favorite restaurants but we also love trying out new places.  It can get pricey, so when an opportunity like the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week comes around, we jump at the chance to expose ourselves to some new cuisine in/…

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MARCH 20, 2011 10:35PM

Meet the New Charlie's Angels

The first image of the three stars of the new Charlie's Angels television series together on the set the first day of shooting began spreading around the Internet on such sites as PopEater and others.  ABC's reboot of the classic has a good trio of actresses playing the good-looking/…

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Sunday night, ABC will air the season finale of Detroit 1-8-7, and since there is no word yet about whether or not it will return next season, this might be your last chance to see a new episode.  I have always enjoyed gritty police dramas, and this show is a fine/… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2011 8:37PM

Guilty Confession: I Like Ke$ha

Why do so many people seem to hate Ke$ha?  Her songs are catchy, her lyrics stick in your head.  Yes, her personality is brash and at times vulgar, and she tries too hard to be outrageous, as if she were trying to be a second-rate (or maybe a fifth-rate) Lady Gaga. /…

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MARCH 17, 2011 11:33PM

Stand By Me 25 Years Later

Where does the time go?  Has it really been twenty-five years since the movie Stand By Me was released?  Based on the novella, The Body, by Stephen King, it proved to the world that King could tell some wonderful nostalgic tales and not just supernatural horror stories.  Stand B… Read full post »
MARCH 16, 2011 11:12PM

Bringing Neil Gaiman Stories to Life

One of the greatest living writers today is Neil Gaiman, so I was excited to learn last year that his classic comic book series, The Sandman, might be adapted for television.  Then, it seemed like the idea of bringing the award-winning series to life might be dead, but hope is still… Read full post »
MARCH 15, 2011 10:22PM

Milestones in Self-Publishing

On top of everything else I'm doing, I'm seriously considering writing a couple of books, and I'm leaning toward self-publishing.  A lot of my friends and family are encouraging me, so we'll see how it goes.  It started me thinking about success stories in self-publishing history, th/…

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