Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Clip from Demoted, out on Blu-ray & DVD June 12

"Demoted" with Sean Astin, Michael Vartan and David Cross is due on Blu-ray and DVD June 12. Here's a clip from the movie (not kid safe!):

See my mini-review here.

Bonus scene from Hollywood Treasure

Sean Astin shows Joe Maddalena the Elven brooch given to Samwise in Lothlorien (not Rivendell!)

View the full episode of Hollywood Treasure here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sean's schedule at FrightNight Film Festival/Fandom Fest

Here is Sean's schedule for the Fright Night Film Festival Fandom Fest in Louisville, KY, June 29 - July 1.

Photo Ops
Saturday 4:30 - 5 pm Sean Astin and John Rhys-Davies $40
5 - 5:30 pm Sean Astin and Corey Feldman $40

5:30 Sean Astin $25
Sunday 1:30 - 1:45 pm Sean Astin and Corey Feldman $40

4:30 - 5 pm Sean Astin and John Rhys-Davies $40

Q&A Session
Saturday 1- 2 pm Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies and Corey Feldman

"Dorothy and the Witches of Oz"
Saturday 7:00pmScreening and Q&A with cast and crew

Sean will presumably be signing autographs for most of the convention show vendor hours of 10am - 7pm Saturday, and 11am - 5pm Sunday. He is not expected on Friday.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

TMNT preview at London Comic Con MCM Expo

One of the creators of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, Kevin Eastman, and Nickelodeon Animation VP Rich Magallanese showed off exclusive footage of the show at the London Comic Con MCM Expo today.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are set to return on Nickelodeon in the near future and two men involved in the reboot were present to show us more. … Confirming that the turtles themselves would be very much teenage in their actions and nature, the foursome looked brilliant and each had their very own unique looks as well as personalities. … 

Fortunately, we were treated to some world–exclusive footage of the new show and I must say, even as a 23-year-old man, it’s a show that has to be checked out. Fluid animation and some top-notch voice acting from the likes of Jason Biggs and Sean Astin, the new series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is just what the kids of today need and will also provide a nice touch of nostalgia for the older viewers." 


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vox Populi promo video

"There's nothing that's phony about Sean Astin. What you see is what you get. And that's a tremendously winning quality for talk radio."

—Michael Medved, radio talk show host, author and political commentator

Santa Monica Race Report

A report on the Santa Monica Classic 10K written by Sean Astin and Leah Gutierrez has been posted on the TEAM #Run3rd blog.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sean Astin plays football: Action pics!

Here are yet more pics from the NFL Players Association Premiere League Flag Football game on Friday, May 18. These were posted by Sean himself on his twitter account, and were taken by Gregg Forwerck. (Captions are as posted by Sean. You can super-size images by opening in new window.)

Prepare 2b WOW'd I just received these #NFL #NFLPA #FlagFootball game pics
Oh yeah baby... I call this 1 'It's On'

Sean as Steve Jobs in Robot Chicken

Sean Astin as the voice of Steve Jobs? And of the comedian Gallagher?? Yes, it happened! Check out Robot Chicken season 5, episode 6, Malcolm X: Fully Loaded, now available on iTunes!

Hollywood Treasure Tidbits

From Sci-Fi Talk interview with Hollywood Treasures host Joe Maddalena:

Tony Tellado: And I want to ask you, do you have coming up a journey to Middle Earth featuring Sean Astin. Can you tell us about that? 

Joe Maddalena: Sean Astin is a neighbor. He lives close by, and is a friend. We’re selling a large collection belonging to the Drier family, and in the collection is – was this amazing map of Middle Earth. And I thought Sean, knowing his interest obviously in that part of the world, would enjoy seeing the map. So it was actually Tolkein’s copy, so he came by and we kind of had a little period where we went through his, you know – he took us back down memory lane and we learned interesting things. He was basically, like – he went from the Shire to Mordor on what happened, and it was an interesting response, because he said well, we’re making this movie, Elijah and I figuring we’re going to have all this time together, a year and a half, and at the end we’re going to do this epic climax,  throwing the ring in the mountain, and  and by the time we get there, we’ll be ready. And what happened was we were filming and there was a giant flood, and the set got wiped away, and they came in and said well, we’re going to film the climax instead, and this is very early in the process, and Sean’s like, I – we can’t do that. We’re not ready. And they’re like, you’re ready. So – and they literally – it was just like amazing insight into his world, his character. It was – it’s fascinating to meet him and kind of learn about that world. 


The episode also includes an incredibly touching segment in which Maddalena restores the football helmet his friend Sean Astin wore in the movie "Rudy" and in doing so, helps Astin realize for the first time how much that movie meant to countless fathers and sons.

Sean on Hollywood Treasure today!

Don't miss the season 2 premiere of Hollywood Treasure tonight, 10pm ET on SyFy! Sean shows off Samwise Gamgee's pots and pans, a Goonies doubloon, and host Joe Maddalena restores Rudy's Notre Dame helmet! What else might we see??

Astin has long collected mementos from his films—everything from the One-Eyed Willie treasure map from The Goonies to the backs of the director's chairs with his name on them. (His wife Christine keeps most of it "nicely tucked away" in a storage locker.) One of his favorite items, though, isn't technically from a movie: It's all the Lord of the Rings fan art sent to him over the years. "I have tons of poems and drawings and songs and DVDs, little dolls dressed up as Samwise," he says. "I feel like it’s wrong to throw that away."

Read more of Inside TV's great exclusive interview with Sean and watch the sneak peak video.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sean and fellow actor/athletes

Sean had a lot of opportunities to hang out with fellow actor/athletes this weekend. At the NFL Players Association Premiere weekend, he played flag football with Brandon Molale along with other celebrities and former football players. Brandon is known for his athletic roles in movies such as "Mr. Deeds" and "Dodgeball."
Posted by @brandon_molale

Andrea Barber became a new #Run3rd Team Captain after running in the Santa Monica Classic 10K with Sean on Sunday, but she may be more familiar to many as next door neighbor Kimmy Gibbler in the long-running 80s/90s sitcom "Full House."

Posted by @andreabarber

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sean runs the Santa Monica Classic 10K

Sean ran the Santa Monica Classic 10K in an official chip time of 56:30.3 today (source). A full report will be posted at by Team Captain Leah Gutierrez in the next day or two, but for now, here are a couple of post-race pics!

Sean with Team #run3rd members Lily, Andrea, John Janie and Jackie,
posted by @LaLaLandLady

Sean and Sylvia wearing the official t-shirt, posted by @JKsCaliGirl

Jackie and Sean, posted by @calisummer

More pics & video from NFL Premiere League game

The final score of the game was Red Untouchables over the Black Ninjas, 53-42 (source). Pics from NFL Players Association Facebook.

Sean was NOT the shortest player in game, topping Olympic skier Seba Johnson by several inches! She actually played for both teams!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sean at the NFL Players Flag Football Game at UCLA

Sean played in the National Football League Players Association Premiere League Flag Football game Friday evening, May 18. He played on the "Ninja" team, with former MFL players and other celebrities.

Before the game, Sean autographed a few helmets and footballs:

"Balls, said the Queen. If I had them, I'd be King." —Sean via Twitter

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Adopting Terror" & "Age of Hobbits" Cannes posters

The Asylum is promoting two of their films at the Cannes Film Festival: "Adopting Terror" which stars Sean Astin and has been airing on Lifetime channels for the last several weeks, and "The Age of Hobbits" (working title), scheduled to start filming in July.

Here are posters for the films:


Vox Populi: Radio worth watching!

Are you tuning into Vox Populi: The Voice of the Occasionally Interested People? If not, you are missing out on fascinating and thought-provoking discussions of the topics of the day. Here's the description of yesterday's episode from the web site:
The main topic of the show today was exploring the meaning of the Obama Campaign's Commercial regarding Governor Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital. The featured guest Dr. Noam Chomsky spoke about the advertising industry's dominance in shaping political thought in America. Today marked the appearance of Vox Populi's 1st in-studio guest Mackenzie "Mack" Astin, the younger brother of Host Sean Astin. The brothers enjoyed some repartee picking up on Chomsky's commercialization of the political sphere. Several callers offered substantive comments on the subject and a good time was had by all…
Permanent link for 05/17/12 episode.

Mackenzie and Sean Astin
Vox Populi airs live on Thursdays, noon-2pm PT. More information on watching/listening options at the Vox Populi FAQ.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

PepsiMax/FunnyOrDie commercial

Sean shot a PepsiMax/FunnyOrDie commercial (how does that even work?) today at the National Football League Player Association's Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. Here are some photos from the event.

Posted by @NFLPlayers

Sean with Denver Broncos rookie @BrockOsweiler

Posted by mDonnelly25

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Clip from Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea

"Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea" stars Sean Astin, Erin Bethea, Savannah Jayde, Sammi Hanratty, Kenton Duty, Terrence Hardy, Creagen Dow and features a guest appearance by Patty Duke. For information on how to bring this movie to your church, visit the Amazing Love movie web site.

This video clip is provided courtesy of the producers of the movie. You may embed, but please do not copy and repost. Please include credit and link back to this site and the Amazing Love site.

Erin Bethea and Sean Astin

Sean interviewed at C2E2 about Hollywood Treasure

Sean discusses his upcoming appearance on SyFy's Hollywood Treasure, and how it led to his being at C2E2 last month.

Sean's episode, the season premiere, airs on SyFy Tuesday, May 22, 10pm ET, and at several other times over the next few days. Check your local listings for details!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sean may still return to NCIS

In an interview conducted last week for, NCIS executive producer Gary Glasberg gave some hints about tonight's 9th season finale, as well as what to expect next season.
"Sean Astin may come back next season."

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sean as Superhero on Franklin & Bash

Sean Astin guest stars as a college security guard turned superhero in a second season episode of "Franklin & Bash," airing Tuesday, June 12, 10pm ET on TNT. The title of the episode and the superhero is "Viper." Rumor is the Viper wears blue and black tights! ;-)


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Official Ribbit poster

A clip of "Ribbit," KRU Studios' animated film starring Sean Astin as the voice of Ribbit, will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Russell Peters and Tim Curry costar. Many thanks to writer and director Chuck Powers for providing the first glimpse of the first official poster to me!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Director's cut of Stay Cool!

UPDATE 05/14/12: The video has been made private, and is no longer viewable unless you have the password. No I do not have it. Sorry. :-(

The director's cut of "Stay Cool" with Sean Astin, Mark Polish, Josh Holloway, Hilary Duff, Chevy Chase and Winona Ryder is now available for free viewing on Vimeo. This is in many ways a very different movie from the DVD release, which credits "Ted Smith" as director. Michael Polish (Mark's brother) actually directed the movie, but was so unhappy with the producers' recut, he asked to have his name removed from the directing credits. This version is longer, with many scenes added, some cut, different voiceover and music, and a different focus. It is worth watching.

Watch in HD on Vimeo's site.

Sean the judge; FTF appearance

Sean was a judge for New Technology Network's Video Challenge for students to produce a YouTube video answering the question: "What’s So Special About New Tech?" NTN is a nonprofit that works with school districts and communities to implement innovative public high school programs.
“I placed emphasis on the few who really used the learners, speaking in their own words (or scripted) about why they believe in their school,” says Mr. Astin describing his judging style. “Obviously, some got a boost from technical expertise, which was fun to see, but music, content and 'watchability' were important factors.”
Read more information about the contest and see the judges' pick winner.


Sean will be a speaker at the 15th anniversary celebration of First Things First, on September 25, 2012. FTF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Hamilton County, Tennessee through education, collaboration and mobilization. More info here.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Promo clip for Hollywood Treasure

Promo clip for the season premiere of "Hollywood Treasure" airing on SyFy Channel, Tuesday May 22, 10pm ET. Sean will be showing memorabilia from some of his movies.

Thanks to @MovieElijahWood for the heads up on this!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Photos from interview

If you haven't listened to Sean's interview with, you should! (Sean's part starts about about 27:30.) These photos were taken by Sheldon Norton during the interview.

More photos at the source.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sean guest judges on SyFy's Face Off

Sean will be a guest judge for an episode of season 3 of Face Off, airing this summer on the SyFy network.
Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Challenges incorporate effects make-up, and include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. 

Season 3 premieres Tuesday, August 21, 9pm ET. We'll provide more details when Sean's episode is scheduled.

Vox Populi FAQ

Sean's new political web show, “Vox Populi: The Voice of the (occasionally interested) People,” debuts Thursday, May 3, noon-2pm PT (noon-1pm summer hours), online at the Toadhop Network. Here are answers to some common watching/listening questions. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Read our exclusive interview with Sean about Vox Populi here.

• When is the show broadcast?
It is broadcast live each week on Thursday, noon-2pm Pacific Time (noon-1pm summer hours). The premiere show is May 3.

• How do I listen/watch live?
Go to during the broadcast, and audio will stream automatically. You can watch video of the live broadcast at

• How do I listen/watch later?
Go to the Vox Populi page to listen to or watch any of the archived shows. You can also download audio-only mp3 files from that page.

Vox Populi is also available as a downloadable audio podcast, with new episodes automatically delivered to your computer or mobile device. The first episode is available now.

Subscribe via iTunes:
Link to paste into podcasting software:
(Download iTunes for Mac or PC here.)

• How do I listen live on my mobile device?
The website methods described above should work on most mobile devices. (I have tested on iPad and iPhone.) Toadhop is working on a mobile app that will make it easier.

• I don't live in the US. Can I still listen/watch?
Yes, the above methods should work internationally. You must have an iTunes Store in your country to subscribe to the iTunes podcasts, but all other methods should work anywhere with internet access.

• How can I contact the show?
You can follow on Twitter @HostVoxPopuli, send email to or leave a voice message at 1-626-VOX-TALK (869-8258). You can call into the show live at 1-888-520-4374.

Also check out the Vox Populi web site.


If you have additional questions, please suggest them in the comments! Thank you and happy listening!

Read our exclusive interview on how the show was born!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

C2E2 interview by Count Gregula's Crypt

Count Gregula's Crypt briefly interviews Sean at C2E2. They talk about lima beans, The Goonies and #Run3rd, among other topics.