Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sean and "Adopting Terror" costars

Here are a few more pics of Sean and his costars for "Adopting Terror."

Sean and Shiloh Nelson, who plays the adopted child Mona. Photo by big sister Mary Jon Nelson

Monday, January 30, 2012

#Run3rd Video

This video was created by @LindaofNote and @Astinland to promote Sean's #run3rd project. Please take a few minutes to watch and read about the project, and then follow Sean on Twitter. Thank you.

If he gets to 17,000 followers by Friday, Feb 3, he'll do a 30 minute Q&A on all topics, 7PM PT!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon photos

Except as noted, all photos are from Run Disney's Facebook page, taken by Larry Rhodes.

Sean is interviewed before the race.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Video interview following Tinker Bell Half

Sean is interviewed by the Orange County Register following the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

He mentions this blog and his running interview starting at about 4:08. :-D You can read his running mission statement here.

Sean's Tinker Bell Half shirt, bib and medal!

It's Oso special! ;-)

Posted by Sean on Twitter

Sean runs Tinker Bell Half Marathon in under 2 hours!

Sean finished the 13.1 mile (~21K) Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Anaheim CA with an unofficial chip time of 1:59:08 for a 9:27 pace.

His splits were 29:41/59:49/1:28:10 for 5K/10K/15K.

Well done, Sean! We're proud of you!

Sean wearing medal in post-race tent. Photo by @datachick

Casting Call for "Fear Unleashed"

A casting call has been posted for "Fear Unleashed" a psychological thriller starring Sean Astin and James Cromwell.

Sean Astin and James Cromwell.

According to the call, the movie is due to film in Boston MA and Louisiana beginning May 2012.
"The film is about Mark suffering turmoil when he loses his job and gets involved in a deadly accident." 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Witches of Oz on DVD and Blu-ray April 3

The Witches of Oz, with Sean Astin as the sprite Frack, Billy Boyd as Nick Chopper and Christopher Lloyd as the Wizard of Oz, will be released on region 1 Blu-ray and DVD on April 3.

Interestingly, the Blu-ray is less expensive from Amazon ($21 vs $25 for DVD).
Note this is apparently the miniseries version, not the theatrical cut, still rumored to get a limited release.

Sean to run in Tinker Bell Half Marathon (Updated with finishers' medal)

Sean will be running in the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon this Sunday, January 29 beginning at 5:45am. The 13.1 mile race starts and finishes at Disneyland Resort with a course through the City of Anaheim.

Sean will get this medal for finishing the half marathon.
"While the Tinker Bell Half Marathon celebrates women, it is open to everyone (ages 14 and over) and we encourage men to participate. Hundreds of men run our Disney's Princess Half Marathon each year and we anticipate the same will be the case for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon."  

Adopting Terror: more behind the scenes photos

Except as noted, all photos were tweeted by Sean Astin.
Tweeting between takes!

Getting his hair trimmed on set.

In Museum jacket, posted by @museumoriginal
Possible spoiler here:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Fellowship of the Legos!

Preview of the upcoming Lord of the Rings LEGO characters! They will be released this summer.

Fellowship of the Legos!

Samwise the Brave!


Monday, January 23, 2012

The Voice of Sean Astin

Sean is a well-known figure on both the big and little screens, with several score roles to his credit besides his iconic Samwise, Rudy and Mikey. His voice is also well-known: among other projects, he was the beloved narrator of the first three seasons of Animal Planet’s “Meerkat Manor.” Parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers may recognize his voice (in a slightly higher register!) as the stuffed secret agent panda bear in Disney’s “Special Agent Oso.” He’ll also be heard later this year in the animated feature film “Ribbit” and a new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series on Nickelodeon.

Lesser known is that Sean has also done old-fashioned radio dramas—yes the kind you listen to on your radio! He has now done four episodes of the Twilight Zone™ Radio Dramas, based on the famous Rod Serling TV series from the 1960s. TZRD, begun in 2002, currently airs on almost 200 radio stations around the country as well as the XM and Sirius satellite networks. It's hosted by the solemn voice of actor Stacy Keach and features the voice talents of Jason Alexander, John Ratzenberger, Jane Seymour, Ed Begley, Jr., and many more.

Series producer and CEO of Falcon Picture Group, Carl Amari talked with us via telephone about Sean’s involvement with TZRD. According to Carl, Sean's first project with him was as narrator for “The Word of Promise: The Next Generation,” an audio dramatization of the New Testament aimed at young people.

Photo courtesy Carl Amari

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sean's running mission statement

Sean has posted a mission statement about his run in the 2012 LA Marathon on March 18:

Be sure to also check the moving #run3rd responses.

NOTE: Sean's Twitter name is now @SeanAstin

#Run3rd Mission Statement

Why Do I Run?

I’ve been long distance running for 25 years. It is one of the most rewarding physical activities imaginable. It is hard. It is Painful and It is Fun. It confers legitimacy on my day. It makes me feel alive. Simply stated, I love running and I love running far. Above all else, running is selfish. Therefore...
1st I run for me

My family waits for me. My family listens to my stories from the road. My family has faith in me. My family loves me, trusts me and depends on me. My family is patient. My family is strong. Therefore...
2nd I run for my family

While running is in many ways about solitude, I rarely run alone. My thoughts are always with me. My hopes, my fears, my dreams, they come along too. From start to stop I yearn to understand the greater meaning of my journey. With every beat of a runner’s heart, with every pounding step, Life itself is Affirmed. And so, it costs nothing, yet can mean everything for any runner, for me, to make a simple dedication, to say that these steps I am taking are not mine to own. It means something to me to declare that because I am alive and I care for others...
3rd I run for YOU

Please Follow Me On Twitter: @SeanAstin 

Tweet a Dedication for someone you love, a cause you believe in or any positive statement: Hash Tag #run3rd

Sean Astin [Actor/Runner]  January 21, 2012
Registered for a 3rd time to run in the Los Angeles Marathon, March 18th, 2012 
On my Shirt on Race Day, I will Proudly Display: #run3rd

Follow me on Twitter: @SeanAstin

Please read Sean's interview on his passion for running 
and visit his #Run3rd blog.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sean Astin among "Hollywood's Gridiron Greats"

Sean will be featured as one of the actors who portrayed football players and football players who became actors in Reelz Channel's "Hollywood Gridiron Greats," premiering Saturday, January 28 at 7:30pm ET (4:30pm PT). The show will re-air several times over the next few days.

"Hosted by former NFL star Tiki Barber, the program will highlight stars that have gone from the field to the big screen, including NFL legends Lawrence Taylor, Howie Long, Brett Favre and more. Plus, we’ll put the spotlight on actors who boosted their careers by tackling roles as football players—from Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire and Sean Astin in Rudy to Mark Wahlberg in Invincible and Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard."

More information, showtimes and how to find Reelz Channel in your area.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

First on-set pic from "Adopting Terror"

Busy day on set. ;-)

Samaire Armstrong, Monet Mazur and Sean Astin
Photo courtesy of Monet Mazur.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

"Watchbird" to air on Science Channel

"Stephen Hawking's Sci Fi Masters," a six-part anthology series written by some of the most well-known authors of science fiction, will air on the Science Channel Sundays at 10pm ET/PT beginning February 5.

The series was originally produced by ABC in 2007 as "Masters of Science Fiction," but only four of the episodes aired in the US. Missing from the schedule then was "Watchbird," a cautionary tale about intelligent military drones used for domestic crime control starring Sean Astin and James Cromwell.

Sean Astin as Charlie Kramer

The original Watchbird short story by Robert Sheckley is available free in ebook formats.

Press release / Official series web site

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More info on "Adopting Terror"

Here's more information about the movie Sean Astin and Kristen Quintrall are filming:

"Tim and Cheryl Broadbent are excited to finally adopt Mona, a beautiful baby girl. But when the baby's biological father starts stalking them, Tim and Cheryl's life becomes a nightmare."

From this casting call, looks like Mona is a toddler:

Interestingly, the production company Asylum has another project called "Age of Hobbits":

"In a fantasy world of men and monsters, a battle rages between the forces of good and evil."


Sources here, here and here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"And They're Off" DVD release

"And They're Off," the horse racing mockumentary starring Sean as trainer Dusty Sanders, will be released on DVD, iTunes, VOD and Netflix worldwide on May 1, 2012.
Dusty and Dee are excited about release!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Movie: Adopting Terror!

Sean will be starring in a new Lifetime thriller called "Adopting Terror" with Kristen Quintrall according to a blog entry by Kristen herself. The movie starts filming tomorrow, January 10.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sean Astin's passion for running

Readers of this blog will have noticed Sean's recent interest in running; over the last couple of months, he's run in the Calabasas Classic 10k, the Goodloe Byron 15k and the Santa to the Sea half marathon. But even his most devoted fans may not be aware how long and deeply held his passion is.

Sean graciously agreed to answer a few questions about running for us. What follows is minimally edited for clarity.

What prompted you to train for this year’s LA Marathon and what motivates you to keep running?

I love talking about running. I don’t think I’ve given any ‘running centric’ interviews before. So, to your questions. My answers are not linear; in fact, what follows is a spelling error laden [actually not -Ed.] stream of consciousness. Good luck sorting through it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

More photos from John Astin reception at Johns Hopkins University

Here are some additional photos of Sean and some of the guests at the reception in honor of his father John Astin last month at Johns Hopkins University. The theatre of the newly renovated Merrick Barn was renamed the "John Astin Theatre" in honor of John's ten years of service in developing and leading the Theatre Arts and Studies program.