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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DECEMBER 5, 2013 5:15PM

Which Decade Had the Best Movies?

In order to help you make your decision before voting in my new poll, "Which decade had the best movies?" allow me to list a few notable films throughout the years.

I didn't include the 1910s because, according to the Library of Congress, only about 15% of feature films from the silent… Read full post »
DECEMBER 2, 2013 3:59PM

Best Reader Comment for November 2013

The "Best Blog Comment" in November 2013 on my City of Kik entertainment and pop culture journal belongs to Matt McMillan for his thoughts that led to my blog post "My Apollo Creed Hypothesis."  Congratulations, Matt! You join the ranks of past winners since I started this little bragging/…

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DECEMBER 1, 2013 10:41PM

Tragic Celebrity Car Accidents

Actor Paul Walker is another celebrity gone too soon.  The news that he died as a passenger in a Porsche when it crashed on his way back from a charity event shocked a lot of people. It was bitter irony that he starred in the high-speed action Fast and Furious flicks. I also/…

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NOVEMBER 26, 2013 10:17PM

My Favorite Podcasts

Tired of reading?  Close your eyes, sit back, and just listen.  Here are some of the best podcasts out there, and you'll notice a trend -- it's all in keeping with the rise of geek culture.

The Geekbox -- Ryan Scott and crew sound off on video games, film, television, and comics/…

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NOVEMBER 24, 2013 11:54PM

My Apollo Creed Hypothesis

A hypothetical scenario popped into my head this weekend when I was chatting with friends about the Rocky movies while discussing the boxing match Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao vs. Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios.  I started speculating which of the fictional fighters in the Balboa universe, in their pr/…

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NOVEMBER 21, 2013 10:56PM

Multiple Steve McQueens

There can be only one! Well, that might be true for the immortals in Highlander, but apparently it doesn't apply in the entertainment business for people named Steve McQueen.


It's tough to top the original actor, born in 1930 as Terence Steven McQueen.  During his much-too-short li/…

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013 4:15PM

A Short Review of Almost Human

A new show debuted this week that should please many science fiction fans -- Almost Human, executive-produced by J.J. Abrams and created by J.H. Wyman, who previously brought us the excellent Fringe. Set in the future (which doesn't need to be a specific year, but is -- let the countdown to/…

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NOVEMBER 16, 2013 11:10PM

A Review of Thor: The Dark World

Whatever its detractors might say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven to be an amazing achievement -- consider it a big-budget serial series with a new chapter hitting the big screen every few months.  Thor: The Dark World continues the saga as the Son of Odin battles once again to/…

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NOVEMBER 14, 2013 3:10PM

Are These Celebrities Still Alive?

Even though the alleged daughter of Andy Kaufman has been proven to be a hoaxer, the great comedian's brother Michael's recent comments have still reignited speculation that Kaufman might still be alive.  It would have been his brand of humor to fake his own death.  Months ago, a vid/…

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NOVEMBER 12, 2013 3:33PM

When Albums Become Musicals

The news that Alanis Morissette is adapting her hit album "Jagged Little Pill" into a staged musical is not especially groundbreaking, but interesting nonetheless.  There have been other concept albums that have been brought to theatrical life -- Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's Tommy, a/…

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NOVEMBER 11, 2013 2:20PM

Entertainers Who Served

On Veterans Day, we remember and honor all those men and women who sacrificed to serve in the military. Tom Cruise received heated criticism for allegedly implying that acting was just as hard as combat in Afghanistan, a quote he vehemently denies saying. While entertainment (movies, theater,/…

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NOVEMBER 10, 2013 10:40PM

Geek Culture Is Taking Over

I read an interesting statement in Entertainment Geekly, the weekly online column on EW.com's PopWatch blog: "the intersection of geek culture and pop culture — and the sneaking suspicion that there isn’t really a difference anymore." Geeks like me have long been stereotyped as ner/…

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NOVEMBER 9, 2013 3:50PM

Ethan Hawke's Macbeth at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is always a marvelous place to see a show in New York City. Its Vivian Beaumont Theater is spectacular, with its stadium seating and thrust stage, offering the producers of the new production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth many options for creativity. The "Scottish P/…

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NOVEMBER 8, 2013 2:41PM

Book Recommendation: The Squared Circle

When I was a kid, I used to love watching professional wrestling. It was like seeing real-life superheroes battling real-life supervillains.  As I grew older, I lost some interest, maybe embarrassed by some of the storylines, maybe tired of the lazy continuity. Whether or not it was fake/…

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NOVEMBER 7, 2013 2:25PM

Marvel Superheroes Coming to Netflix

Just when you thought we'd reached an over-saturation of Marvel superheroes on film and television, parent company Disney announced that it had reached a deal to bring four new series to Netflix -- Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, culminating with an epic Defenders team-up m/…

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NOVEMBER 5, 2013 11:04PM

Catching Up on Defiance

I'm almost done watching the first season of Defiance, which I had recorded on my DVR, and I must say it's much better than I expected.  It's one of the highly anticipated original series on Syfy, much better than some of the other low-budget tripe you might find on the network. Once/…

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NOVEMBER 2, 2013 11:09PM

Best Reader Comment for October 2013

My informal competition to select the best reader comment on my City of Kik blog each month continues to be a load of fun. This past month, it's no surprise that my post "The Great Banksy Debate: Artist, Vandal, or Publicity Whore?" generated the most conversation, with some ideas bo/…

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NOVEMBER 1, 2013 11:29PM

Movies in November and December 2013

The holiday movie season is quickly drawing near! Here are the films scheduled to be released during these next two months.

WEEK-BY-WEEK MOVIE PICKS FOR NOVEMBER 2013


Ender's Game (November 1) - Orson Scott Card's classic science fiction novel finally makes it to the big screen, with Har/…

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OCTOBER 31, 2013 5:00PM

Addams Family Cartoon Movie Coming Soon

Variety's Dave McNary reports that MGM is developing an animated feature film reboot of The Addams Family. While many people remember the franchise based on the 1960s black-and-white television series starring John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy, and the rest, or the two mot/…

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OCTOBER 30, 2013 10:04PM

Rising Star: Michael B. Jordan

One of the most in demand young actors is Michael B. Jordan, co-star of the excellent Chronicle (read my review). He's in talks to star in some high-profile upcoming movies, the most promising being the lead in Creed (a continuation of the Rocky Balboa franchise). Other rumored parts include t/…

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OCTOBER 29, 2013 10:02PM

Dracula Defanged

My wife and I tuned in to NBC's pilot episode of Dracula with high hopes, only to have our expectations dashed. We were eager for more in the latest reboot of the greatest vampire character of all time, but instead we witnessed a plodding, deathly dull period drama that had far too/…

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OCTOBER 27, 2013 11:22PM

Three Sisters: Faces Familiar and New

Classical theater survives through the centuries because its characters and themes are familiar to modern audiences and simultaneously can be reinterpreted in fresh new ways. Such is the case with Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters. The new production by the Red Monkey Theater Company delivers all/…

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OCTOBER 25, 2013 10:44PM

Medical Emergency

Even with a backlog of blog post ideas, I've been forced once a gain to take a short hiatus, this time due to a health scare from my son. He was hospitalized for a little bit, but thank goodness he's home now and seems to be doing fine.  I'm really appreciative/…

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OCTOBER 21, 2013 10:32PM

Blog Recommendation: Moon in Gemini

Last year I recommended a number of blogs written by friends of mine. One of them was Moon in Gemini by Debbie Vega. It has continued to be consistently great -- in fact, it's so terrific I'm dedicating an entire post to recommend it again.

Essay after essay, Debbie presents insightful commenta/…

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OCTOBER 20, 2013 9:21PM

Hot Wheels Movie in the Works

With the success of the Fast and Furious franchise, I'm surprised more studios haven't released a swarm of other movies based on high-speed, high-octane automobile adventures.  Besides Pixar's animated Cars, there haven't been too many vehicular-themed motion pictures, at least not of the/…

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