Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Web Series "Old Dogs & New Tricks" Moves Forward

Following a successful table reading with Patrick Bristow, Jim J. Bullock, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, among others, Leon's upcoming web series is moving forward to a late summer/fall 2011 shoot for an early 2012 debut on-line.

Old Dogs & New Tricks is the comedic story of four West Hollywood friends trying to stay in the game as the Big 5-0 looms on the horizon -- and explores how gay men react (or over-react) and adjust (or not) to growing older in a youth-obsessed world.  Leon stars as talent agent and about-to-turn-50 year old 'Nathan Adler,' who's torn between a mysterious, much-younger "Boy Toy" and a stable, secure older man.

Arvin Bautista (who directed Leon in 2006's Deer Season) serves as Supervising Producer and will direct several episodes.  Leon and Levi Damione are producing, with Laurence Whiting serving as Executive Producer.  Leon created and wrote the series.

Gordon Thompson (Dynasty, Little Miss Sunshine) will join the cast mid-season as Nathan's age-appropriate love interest.  Cabaret star Amanda Abel will co-star as Nathan's flamboyant assistant 'Lydia Lasker'. Casting of the lead roles should be complete by year's end. 
"When I wrote the series this past summer, I intentionally made my character 50, so I'd have at least three years to actually get it produced.  I'm so surprised by how positively everyone has reacted to the scripts, and how it's taken on a life of it's own as a result.  It's happening much faster than I expected, and that's solely because most people who've read it have been very enthusiastic."
More info coming soon!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Leon Shoots Cameo in Patrick Dawn's 'Allegiance'

Leon just completed shooting a 'cameo role' for Patrick Dawn's new dramatic short film Allegiance.

Allegiance imagines a modern-day America if the Nazis won World War II.  When new school textbooks delete all references to the "Final Solution," one brave teacher (Timothy Guest) decides to teach his students the truth.  Leon plays "Herr Handt," a fellow teacher at the school.

Leon last worked with Dawn on the short film aWake.

Allegiance will screen at Chapman University after the first of the year.  Please check back for more details.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Leon's Latest imdb Credit: 'aWake'

Patrick Dawn's short drama aWake, starring Mark Arnold, Leon & Stephanie T. Keefer, has cracked the international movie website imdb

In the dramatic short, William (Arnold), a happily married middle-aged man, and his wife (Keefer) attend William's former lover's (Leon) living wake, where he struggles to validate his decisions in life.

aWake becomes the 14th of Leon's over 30 film credits to be listed on the site. 

Watch the film here!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Leon Re-Teams with aWake Director Patrick Dawn for Allegiance

Leon & director Patrick Dawn
On Nov. 21st, Leon reports to the set of Patrick Dawn's new film Allegiance -- Dawn last directed Leon in 2010's drama short aWake.

Written by Ian Dalesky from an original concept by Dawn, Allegiance imagines an America where the Nazis won World War II.  When the "Fourth Reich of the German States of America" removes all mention of the "Final Solution" from school textbooks, a brave teacher determines to teach the truth -- and inspires his class to rebel.

Leon plays a 'important cameo' at the end of the film as a Nazi teacher -- saying more would give away too much.

"Patrick emailed me, saying his film had a very dramatic short scene at the end that required a talented actor -- but was worried the size of the role would turn off 'serious' actors.  I loved working with Patrick in aWake, so I immediately said yes. It's a great script, and a wonderfully powerful last scene."
More to come!