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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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


 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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Some people might mark the arrival of spring by the return of warm weather or by the first bud of a flower or by the sighting of certain birds in the air or by the delivery of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue to their mailboxes.  All of those occurances are certainly heralds/…

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FEBRUARY 14, 2011 2:21PM

Valentine's Day Movie Recommendation

If you're looking for an interesting movie to watch on the evening of St. Valentine's Day, one that examines the themes of love, relationships, the battle of the sexes, and in some cases the purposes of life, I recommend a little motion picture from 1996 directed by Ted Demme called BeautifulRead full post »
While many Stephen King fans are eagerly anticipating the promised live-action adaptation of The Dark Tower epic for film and television, the news that Warner Bros. and CBS Films will jointly produce a new feature-length motion picture version of King's The Stand has many of us wondering, "Why/…

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FEBRUARY 12, 2011 7:25PM

The Movies of Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle is one of those directors who always manages to create a movie filled with pulse-pounding emotion, often unlike anything we've seen before.  His latest movie, 127 Hours, is one of the nominees for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards.  (It managed to get a total of/…

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FEBRUARY 11, 2011 10:12PM

A Perfect Not-So-Little Anthology Series

Back in the mid-1990s, Barnes & Noble published a wonderful set of anthology books from various editors that collected 100 short-short stories in each volume, themed around science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery. 

Most of the tales originally appeared in classic pulp magazine/…

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FEBRUARY 10, 2011 9:19PM

Check Out the Blogs of My Students

The students in the university class I'm teaching, "Writing for Online Media," have created some impressive Web logs.  The topics are very diverse -- everything from food to travel to movies to politics to pop culture.  Some are writing about technology, some are blogging personal di/…

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Remember the theme song from Three's Company?  "Come and knock on our door, We've been waiting for you, Where the kisses are hers and hers and his, Three's company, too! Come and dance on our floor, Take a step that is new, We've a loveable space that needs your face, Three's/…

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FEBRUARY 8, 2011 10:09PM

MTV Brings Back Beavis and Butthead

MTV announced that Beavis and Butthead would return to the network with all new episodes starting this summer.  The original series was a big hit in the 1990s after it originally debuted as part of Liquid Television, MTV's series of animated shorts.  As a full series of its own, Beav… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 7, 2011 10:08PM

Memories of High School Theater

This past weekend my wife and I attended a reunion of my high school theater group at Fordham Prep.  We enjoyed a nice cocktail reception where we mingled with old and new friends, and as a wonderful bonus had the chance to talk to two of my favorite directors, Rev. John/…

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FEBRUARY 6, 2011 9:40PM

A Look at Super Bowl Halftime Shows

The Black Eyed Peas rocked this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show (with nice guest appearances by Slash and Usher).  In the old days, the performance between the halves of the Big Game used to be a snoozer, encouraging other networks to try to develop some programming during that time to st/…

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For part 2 of my three-part Super Bowl Weekend blog posts, I'm taking a look at performances of the National Anthem.  At this year's Big Game, the honors go to Christina Aguilera, who I'm sure will do a fine job.  The most memorable rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," in my opin/…

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Since Super Bowl Weekend is upon us, here is the first of my three blog entries inspired by "The Big Game."  The NFL has done an incredible job of marketing their annual championship as the must-watch television event every single year.  It is consistently the highest rated/…

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On Thursday night, I'll be attending a preview performance of the drama The Exonerated at Center Stage Playhouse.  Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, the play tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their ow/…

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Have you seen Archer yet?  I became an instant fan when it debuted last year.  Now in its second season, it is just as enjoyable as before.  Airing on the FX network, it's a hilarious cartoon about a superspy named Sterling Archer living in a modern but retro 1960s world where/…

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FEBRUARY 1, 2011 10:24PM

The Return of Dana Carvey

This upcoming weekend, the host of Saturday Night Live will be none other than Dana Carvey.  His last appearance as host on the show that made him famous was in the year 2000.  When he was a regular on the comedy series, he created some of the most memorable characters in/…

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Henry Cavill has been cast as the Man of Steel in the latest Superman reboot.  The movie will be directed by Zack Snyder and Cavill will either rocket to superstardom if the film is great or suffer as Brandon Routh did if the movie is mediocre. The news here, though, is that the/…

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JANUARY 30, 2011 10:03PM

The Great Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins

My wife and I went to see the movie The Rite on Sunday, which apparently topped the box office this weekend.  It was an enjoyable movie, not as great as the classic The Exorcist, but made all the more watchable by the presence of the terrific actor Sir Anthony Hopkins. 


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Public television has its supporters and its detractors.  I've argued before that even though the ever-expanding new media outlets might be making public broadcast television obsolete, there are still great shows on PBS that you still cannot find on commercial network TV or pay chann/…

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JANUARY 28, 2011 10:40PM

Christopher Nolan is in Great Company

One of the biggest "snubs" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when their Oscar nominations were announced this week was the absence of Christopher Nolan in the Best Director category.  The man who helmed such great films as Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, T… Read full post »
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JANUARY 27, 2011 10:37PM

Are American Adaptations of British TV Shows Necessary?

American television producers are always looking for the next big hit, so it is understandable that they would keep an eye out for TV success stories "across the pond" and try to adapt them for U.S. audiences.  If it worked in England, odds are it should work in the United States,/…

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