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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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.


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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OCTOBER 17, 2013 4:29PM

Characters in My Head

I have returned!  It's good to be back sharing my words of whimsy with you all. Don't misunderstand -- my workload is still overflowing, but at least it will be a bit more manageable (for a while). I have a lot of writing projects still on the back-burner that I need/…

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With graffiti artist Banksy in my fair city of New York for a month-long "residency," he (or she) has been the talk of the town. Visionary artist? Vandalizing criminal? Publicity-hungry, self-promoting, entrepreneurial marketing-genius performance artist? You decide.  Here's a discus/…

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OCTOBER 8, 2013 4:34PM

On the Job

The next few weeks will be busier than usual. Here's a video of me on News 12 The Bronx using my media guru skills to publicize our awesome autumn exhibition. Here's the link:

Plus there's a terrific p/…

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OCTOBER 6, 2013 9:43PM

Speak No Spoilers

We live in a DVR Age, when people don't see television shows when they're broadcast, but instead wait weeks or even months (in some cases years) to "catch up" on what the rest of us have already seen.  We also live in an Era of Streaming Movies, when folks download films/…

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My monthly competition to select the "Best Blog Comment" has been received well, so I appreciate your approval.  I also applaud all of you who have taken the time to share your thoughts with me.  My choice for the reader who posted the best comment of the month on my City… Read full post »
OCTOBER 2, 2013 10:23PM

Movies Based on Tom Clancy Stories

Bestselling author Tom Clancy passed away at the too-young age of 66. I enjoyed his thriller novels as a kid and I was a fan of the movie adaptations of his Jack Ryan novels. 

The first was The Hunt for Red October starring Alec Baldwin in the lead.  Set in the height/…

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2013 9:43PM

And Then There Was One

The New York Yankees' baseball season came to an end on Sunday and for only the second time in 19 years they will not be in the Playoffs.  I've been a fan of the Bronx Bombers since I was a kid and even though I witnessed the Post-Season Drought of the/…

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 12:04AM

A Midsummer Night's Dream as Night Circus

While many of us wait for Julie Tamor's visionary interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream to arrive at Brooklyn's Theatre for a New Audience, the other boroughs are providing their own versions of William Shakespeare's fantasy-filled romantic comedy. In Manhattan, the M… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 1:56PM

My Blast from the Past Interview

I came across this podcast interview I did for NYTheatre way back in 2008 or 2009 promoting the Rabbit Hole play in which I was cast in the role of Howie.

Ahh, memories./
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 10:32PM

The A La Carte TV Debate

It seems like a reasonable idea -- television viewers should pay for only the TV channels (or, better yet, only the TV shows) that they watch. Unfortunately, that's not the current business model for program carriers.  Cable and satellite companies, and the networks that they carry,/…

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 10:29PM

More Superhero TV Shows on the Way

The success of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC will likely spawn even more comic book inspired superhero television shows.  The CW already announced that Arrow will spinoff a Flash series. Today FOX won a bidding war for a new drama titled Gotham (as in Batman's Gotham City) that w/…

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 11:28PM

Theater Preview 2013

I love all kinds of entertainment -- television, music, film, speculative fiction, sports, stand-up comedy, videogames, you name it -- but I'm especially drawn to live theater. Living in New York City, I'm blessed to have so many options. Here's a look at what's coming our way on Broadway and/…

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For a septuagenarian, George Takei seems to have his thumb on the pulse of technology and new media better than most. The actor, best known for his iconic portrayal of Sulu on the classic Star Trek television series and motion pictures and for his performance as Lt. Tanaka in the fil/…

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