Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sean with 2 Guys & a Mic plus Marisa


Race on the Base photo

Sean at the 10K Race on the Base in Los Alamitos on his birthday, February 25.

Watch Sean's visit to 2 Guys & a Mic

Sean was the guest on "2 Guys and a Mic" podcast last night, talking about Run3rd and other topics. You can listen to or download an mp3 audio file or watch the video on the Toadhop Network web site. Sean's interview starts about 30 minutes into the one hour broadcast.

Sean and Marisa Coughlan

Read the interview on running that Sean mentions here.

Warning: there is crude language in the first half of the program.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sean's character in NCIS

Sean guest stars as Tyler Elliot in "The Tell" episode of NCIS, airing March 20. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as his boss, Samantha Ryan.


Race on the Base 10K results

Sean ran the 10K in 50:00.7, cutting over 9 minutes off his time for the Calabasas Classic last November. He placed 7th in the Men's 40-44 category, and 95th overall out of over 600 runners.

Perhaps seeing a friendly Run3rd sign helped lend wings to his feet!

Sean posted this photo with LeahMari11

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A birthday video for Sean Astin 2012

From me and SeanAstinZone.

Also see birthday greetings here!

Happy 41st Birthday, Sean Astin!

Forty-one of your friends and fans want to wish you a happy 41st birthday. I'll let them speak for themselves, but be sure to scroll all the way to the end!

It's all part of the plan, more or less! :-)

(If others wish to add birthday greetings, send a pic to run3rd4you at gmail dot com.)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sean talks more about Run3rd

Check out the detailed interview with Sean about his Run3rd project over at Sean Astin Zone!

Sean on 2 Guys & Mic podcast

Sean will be a guest on the "2 Guys and a Mic" podcast in LA this Tuesday, February 28, 8pm PT, 11pm ET.

Listen and watch the episode here..

Sean provides details on NCIS role

Entertainment Weekly got some details from Sean on his upcoming stint in NCIS, expected to air March 20 in an episode titled "The Tell."

Fans largely reacted well to the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis on NCIS this week, and her second outing will likely prove to be even better because the episode also marks the debut of Sean Astin’s character, a fellow PsychOps investigator who comes in to assist on a case. 
When I spoke to him about the role, Astin, who could possibly guest in more than one episode, had nothing but praise for his character and fellow costar Curtis. But what popped out to me the most? The dish he gave me on the budding relationship between Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Curtis’ Dr. Ryan, and how it will effect their teams. “The fun thing is that Cote [de Pablo] and Michael Weatherly and me — as the corollary on Jamie’s side of the equation — are a little unsettled that their bosses might be having the start of a romantic something or other,” he says. “They’re usually so focused on what they’re doing and have a very sober approach to life. And now there’s something going on and we’re all a little uneasy. We’re like the uncomfortable kids whose parents might be dating.” 
Sounds like we can look for at least a few good laughs in the ep, but also brace yourself for some action. “I got to see some action! There was some discussion about whether or not I got to carry a firearm. And I do!” Astin says.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sean's final race before the LA Marathon

Sean will be running this Saturday (his birthday!) in the 10K Race on the Base in Los Alamitos, CA. It will be his final "tune-up" race before the LA Marathon on March 18. The Race on the Base is held on the runways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course.

Sean's NCIS episode: more info

The NCIS episode 9:18 "The Tell," guest starring Sean Astin and Jamie Lee Curtis, is scheduled to air on March 20.

Hmm, a little Texas Hold 'Em anyone?

Photo by Michael Weatherly

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sean in Washington DC

Sean is in Washington, DC this weekend. He explained why on his Twitter account.

Read from bottom up:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sean's role on NCIS recurring? Oh yes, please!

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Sean's role on NCIS may be recurring.

Sandra, I’m still ecstatic about the news that Sean Astin is guesting on NCIS. Any more info on his role? Any fun scenes you can tease? — Courtney
Here’s a doozy: EP Gary Glasberg kinda let it slip that there may be more than one episode in Astin’s future! “He’ll be a fun add for the rest of the season,” Glasberg told me — to which I responded, “What the what?! As in MORE than one?” “We’ll see how it works out, but it may be more than one episode,” he added. For the record — and if it means anything — I vote yes!
I'll add a yes, pretty please to that!


Meanwhile, NCIS regular Pauley Perrette posted a pic of her and Sean on her Twitter account.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Congratulations to Sean on getting Twitter verified!

Now he just needs 26,200 followers by the LA Marathon March 18!

The little blue badge that certifies he is who he is!
NOTE: Sean has changed his twitter name to @SeanAstin.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Behind the scenes at NCIS

Here are some behind the scenes photos from filming an episode of NCIS, expected to air the end of March.

Sean with Jamie Lee Curtis, posted by Michael Weatherly

Sean and Michael Weatherly, posted by Sean
More info here

Great review of Dorothy and the Witches of Oz

Monsters and Critics gives Dorothy and the Witches of Oz a great review:
Dorothy and the Witches of Oz is simply a fun time at the movies. It manages to capture what an epic film of its scope should – pure entertainment from start to finish.  
Frick and Frack [Sean Astin] don’t have a “big” part in the movie, but they are hilarious if you listen to their quick jabs. [Billy] Boyd also brings a clever wit to the role and you have to love his interactions with fellow former Hobbit Astin.
Sean Astin as Frack and Ethan Embry as Frick
Read full review here

Dorothy and the Witches of Oz opens in limited release this Friday.

(Note: from the review's description, sounds like it is a significant re-edit from the 2-part miniseries.)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

TORn Interview now online!

Sean's interview with Cliff "Quickbeam" Broadway is now online! or

If you have an iOS device, use the free Stickam app for iPad or iPhone and iPod Touch. (Note: I am having problems finding the video within the app. If anyone can help, please let me know!)

ETA: You can watch on iOS device here:

I'll be posting a list of highlights later! In the meantime, you can read the interview about running that Sean discusses.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sean Discusses Risk Taking

Last September, Sean attended a gathering before the start of the Story 2011 conference in Chicago. Victor Saad had the opportunity to talk briefly about his Leapyear Project with Sean, and blogged about it last November.

Today, Victor posted the full audio of their discussion about risk taking. Sean talks about the actions he took during a blackout in NYC (he says in 2006, but I think he means the 2003 blackout) and his Number the Stars movie project.

Sean concludes by saying "Anytime someone of good faith takes in upon themselves to call others to action and then leads by example is a sacred thing."

Sounds like his Run3rd project to me!

Listen here.
Photo by Victor Saad

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Watchbird" on Science Channel Feb 12/13

Sean's episode of Stephen Hawking's Sci Fi Masters is scheduled to air on Sunday February 12 at 10pm and Monday, February 13 at 1am. "Watchbird" costars James Cromwell. Check your local listings to verify.
A magnificent weapon of war is then deployed to make America's streets safe, and make Vigilance Technologies very rich. But when powerful men seek more power, the Watchbirds carry out their programmed mission under their own initiative.
Update: Additional airings: see source for details.


Sean as Charlie Kramer

Clips from Sean's live chat on

These clips are courtesy of We hope will put up the full video soon!

Sean mentions this blog and my twitter account!

Sean talks about the variety of roles he's played recently, Tolkien and the power of literature and mythology, allegory vs. applicability, and more.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sean on TORn and "There and Back Again" review

If you missed last night's live chat between Sean and Cliff "Quickbeam" Broadway on, JW Braun bullet points some of the highlights on his blog. He also reposted his written review of Sean's autobiography "There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale" in the same article. (Thank you, JW!)

For those who prefer their book reviews in video format… ;-)

You can purchase Sean's book at Amazon and other book sellers, and find it used on eBay. There's also an abridged audio version; hearing the words in Sean's own voice brings an added layer of meaning and greater understanding to his story.

While you're at it, you might also want to check out JW's book, "The Lord of the Films," which is full of fascinating behind the scenes details, fun trivia, interviews with the film makers and more.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sean's new Facebook photo and post

Sean has posted a new profile photo on his Facebook page, Carl from the upcoming WWII movie "Little Boy."

Check out his other new profile photos.

He also posted the sunset run pic with the following text:
"As the #run3rd concept has really taken off...I'm finding new ways to support the effort. Christine was kind enough to take this pic at the start of my main training route next to the 101 fwy. I'm proud of the hard work I'm putting into training, but I'm even prouder of stoking an idea that asks people to honor someone they love, a cause they support or a positive idea they wish to share. Twitter folks, just tweet : Hash tag #run3rd for [you name it]"

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sean to attend Louisville Fandomfest/Fright Night

Sean will be attending the Fright Night Horror Weekend and Film Festival/FandomFest in Louisville, KY, June 29-July 1.

Looks like Sean's former "Jeremiah" costar Luke Perry will also be there, along with "The Lord of the Rings" bad guy, Wormtongue, Brad Dourif!

Update: Brad Dourif is unable to attend; however LOTR costar John Rhys-Davies will be attending, as will The Goonies costar Corey Feldman.

More info and ticket sales

Sean to appear on NCIS with Jamie Lee Curtis!

Sean will be guest starring in an upcoming episode of "NCIS" along with Jaime Lee Curtis. The show is expected to air in late March. Sean and Jamie with both play psychological operations investigators.

“I’ve been a big fan of Sean’s for years and this is a part we literally tailored for him,” says executive producer Gary Glasberg. “We couldn’t be happier to have Sean join us. Jamie’s character, Doctor Ryan, oversees a team of brilliant PsyOps agents and Sean will prove to be her go-to operative. We can’t wait to throw him into the mix, watch it develop, and have some fun.”

In the meantime, don't forget that Sean's little brother Mackenzie will be on the special 200th episode of "NCIS" tomorrow, February 7 on CBS!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Dorothy and the Witches of Oz theatrical release

The theatrical version of "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz" (renamed from "The Witches of Oz") will have a limited release beginning this month. While the total running time is about an hour less than the 2-part miniseries that is being released on DVD/Blu-ray in April, this version includes 15 minutes of new footage and upgraded special effects.

Set in modern day New York City, the movie is a sequel to L. Frank Baum's stories (not to the 1939 movie) in which Dorothy, played by Paulie Rojas, struggles to remember her long ago past. It features Christopher Lloyd as the Wizard of Oz, Billy Boyd as Dorothy's love interest, and Sean Astin is a small but funny role as the tiny sprite, Frack.

Confirmed theaters and dates include:

Sean Astin launches new #Run3rd web site!

Last evening, following the posting of a Q&A session with fans, Sean launched a new web site, dedicating races and running to friends, family, causes and ideas. There's a tab to it above, so it's always in easy reach!

Sean's dayglo running shoes

Sean's Friday night Q&A

Here is the full text of the Q&A Sean posted Friday, February 3.

Ok, here’s the deal... Y’all are my LOYALS. Thank you for that!!! It looks like #askyourquestionsnow has about 150 mostly fantastic questions (kidding they’re all great-sort of). I’m going to scroll through and answer a bunch of them.

If your question doesn’t get answered or you have new ones, by all means keep ‘em coming. We’ll do more again later. I’m planning a solid real time Q&A in a little while.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Astin family at Johns Hopkins reception for John Astin

Ed Asner, Sean Astin, Valerie Ann Sandobal, Ronald Daniels, John Astin, Jennifer Astin, Mackenzie Astin, Katherine Newman
Photo courtesy Will Kirk, Johns Hopkins Homewood Photography
(Open image in new window for high resolution.)

More on reception here.