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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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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SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 10:29PM

Film Criticism vs. Television Criticism

The movie review aggregator will expand and start compiling television reviews as well, according to Variety. Now TV shows can be ranked as "fresh" or "rotten" based on mass critical opinion. I thought it was long overdue -- Metacritic, for example, has been compiling b/…

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 10:31PM

13th Movies in a Series

As I write this, it's the evening of another Friday the 13th.  Hopefully, all of you had a lucky day to prove the superstitious lot among us wrong.  I thought it would be a cool idea to look up long-running movie series and list the thirteenth film.  I was surprised that/…

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 10:48PM

Bits and Pieces in Pop Culture News

Time to play catch up on some of the pop culture entertainment news of the last few days.

1. Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced that they will make a movie version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is based on the Harry Potter universe. Set seventy years before Harry,/…

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Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 2:57PM

When Retirement Beckons Actors and Actresses

Two major entertainment figures announced their pending retirement from movie-making.  Hayao Miyazaki, internationally-renowned director and master of animation, stated that The Wind Rises would be his final feature film. Earning more headlines was the news that Jack Nicholson might retir/…

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 9:26PM

Movies in September and October 2013

Here's a look at the movies coming to theaters this month and next.


Riddick (September 6)
Can it top the 2000 original Pitch Black, the movie that made Vin Diesel a star, still one of my favorite little sci-fi/horror movies?  The 2004 sequ/…

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 11:08PM

Best Reader Comment of August 2013

Wow, another month has come and gone and I'm still playing catch-up. Here's the winner of my monthly competition for the best comment posted on my blog by you the readers.

The victor for August 2013 is MalcolmXY who always offers excellent commentary but outdid himself with his insightful opini/…

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 9:27PM

Dracula Rises Again

With all the vampires in popular culture, it's time for the most infamous of them all, Count Dracula, to take center stage again. The creation of Bram Stoker has sparked an incredible number of adaptations, spoofs, and imitations.  He's one of the most adapted characters and the string wi/…

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AUGUST 31, 2013 12:06AM

The Movies of John Carpenter

I went to see one of my favorite movies Friday night at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema -- Escape from New York, one of director John Carpenter's greatest films.  By today's standards it's a simple little flick, and it has so many cheesy moments, but it was Carpenter's biggest budget flick at the/…

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You may or may not have heard that a television series is in development based on the character of John Rambo, popularized by the First Blood movies. Sylvester Stallone is allegedly involved in a creative capacity and might even act in it, although someone else will likely beRead full post »
AUGUST 26, 2013 10:03PM

MTV's Shock Value Lessons

The MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn had some highlights (Justin Timberlake winning the coveted Video Vanguard Award) and some anticlimactic moments (the abbreviated *NSYNC reunion). The most talked about performance during an evening that included Lady/…

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AUGUST 22, 2013 10:36PM

Ben Affleck as Batman

It's not April 1st so this can't be an April Fool's Joke, but the news is that Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne, the Caped Crusader, in the Batman vs. Superman movie alongside Henry Cavill who returns as the Man of Steel.

Affleck was born in 1972, so he fits the slightly… Read full post »
AUGUST 19, 2013 10:07PM

Farewell to a Friend

Today, I lost a friend.  Ed Bartosik, who had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," passed away on Monday morning. We all lost a talented actor and director, an amazing writer, and an inspirational lover of theater. 

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On Saturday, August 24, at 2 p.m., Center Stage Playhouse presents a reading of John Patrick Shanley's Savage in Limbo at Bronx House, 990 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, New York, 10461.  I hope you all have the chance to come see it.  Admission is a $5 suggested donation. 

The ca/…

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AUGUST 15, 2013 11:46PM

A Lesson Learned

I interrupt my regularly scheduled pop culture blog to vent a little bit.  1-800-Flowers ruined my day.

I wanted to bring a smile to my wife, so I planned to surprise her with a Make Her Day Bouquet. Even though it was supposed to be delivered the same day, it wasn't.  So/…

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I know plenty of New Yorkers who complain when a film production disrupts our commute, causing more traffic delays in a city already gridlocked more than it needs to be, or when a television shoot blocks a neighborhood street or causes late-night noise and light-glare in a place that already h/…

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AUGUST 13, 2013 10:47PM

The Disney Juggernaut

We all know that the Walt Disney Company is an entertainment force for the ages. With an arsenal that includes Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and the Muppets, be prepared for a string of blockbusters for years to come. Every two years, Disney has a D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center&nbs/…

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Now that news is confirmed that the sequel to Man of Steel will be the ultimate superhero mash-up Batman vs. Superman, the rumor mill is in full force about who will play the Dark Knight alongside Henry Cavill's return as the Last Son of Krypton. Causing an even bigger stir is/…

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On Thursday night, I went to see Elysium, the new science fiction flick from director Neill Blomkamp, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. What made the movie even more enjoyable was seeing it at the newly opened Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

The dining cineplex is a great idea and I'm so glad/…

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