Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sean cast in "Reaching from Above"

Sean Astin has recently been cast in another movie, "Reaching from Above." From the movie's Facebook page:
A fatal car crash kills [Rachel Adam's] newly announced fiancĂ© and sends her into a coma. This sends her on a journey to a new reality where weird stuff starts to happen around her. She has to make the ultimate choice. Does she go beyond her new reality or does she come back to her family and friends that love her?
The thriller, which is currently in preproduction, costars Dominique Swain and Julianne Michelle, and will be filmed in Austin, TX.

According to the IMDB listing, Sean plays Eric Adams, Rachel's older brother.

Sean Astin at NY Comic Con!

Sean Astin will be a guest at the New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in NYC October 11-14, 2012.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Synopsis for Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

“Marcus Bently [Ben Hollingsworth] is an alluring, suntanned, physically strapping young American man, who’s passion for sailing and diving inspired him to open a business leading undersea diving adventures with his best buddy, Dobs Towe [Brando Eaton?]. Marcus goes to the Dominican Republic because he falls in love with an heiress of a wealthy family, Catalina Arias, with whom he intends to marry – albeit with a slight case of cold feet. Catalina sets up a lavish bachelor party for Marcus and his friends aboard a luxury yacht, which ends up floating too close to an uncharted island. The island is a scientific research facility run by an inhumane Dr. Edwards, who is intent on finding a vaccine for a flesh-eating virus that could strip humanity literally down to the bones. Marcus and his friends must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.”

IMDB listing

Sean Astin to star in Cabin Fever prequel

Sean Astin will star, along with Brandon Eaton and Ben Hollingsworth, in a prequel to Eli Roth's 2002 horror film cult classic Cabin Fever. "Cabin Fever: Patient Zero" is about a bachelor party on a cruise ship that runs aground on a medical research island in the Caribbean, accidentally unleashing a deadly virus.* The passengers struggle to find a way to survive before their own demons and the flesh-eating disease consume them all. The film will be directed by Kaare Andrews and is due to start filming August 13 in the Dominican Republic.


Update: “With Sean, we wanted an actor with gravity who is also popular with the fanboy fan-base,” producer Evan Astrowsky said in a statement. “Coupling Sean with fresh faces like Ben and Brando gives ‘Cabin Fever’ the pedigree of cast we’ve always desired.”


Trivia: The original "Cabin Fever" and its sequel, "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever," starred Ryder Strong, who was in Sean's only other horror film, "Borderland."

* The terms "virus" and "bacteria" are being used interchangeably in various articles online. It is not clear which it is supposed to be or if the producers know the difference! The real flesh-eating disease in the news is bacterial in origin.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sean to visit black-footed ferrets

While in Louisville next weekend for the Fright Night Film Festival/Fandom Fest, Sean Astin will get a behind the scenes tour of the black-footed ferret breeding facility at the Louisville Zoo.

The endangered black-footed ferret will be a focus of WLKY-TV's live shots every half-hour during their Sunday morning newscast. Ferret Keeper Guy Graves and zoo Media Relations Manager Kyle Shepard will talk about BFFs and the breeding program with Sean expected to appear shortly after 8am and 8:30am.

Black-footed ferret kit. Source

Thursday, June 21, 2012

First Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle trailer!

Entertainment Weekly had the first exclusive first look at Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer.
“They were created by accident,” the voice in the trailer tells us. “They were kept a secret. They were trained for battle. And now, when their city is under siege, the fate of humanity is in the hands of these four…turtles!” And it continues: “When evil threatens our universe, these four brothers are destined to save the world!” Then it takes a few moments to introduce each of the four green guys: Leonardo, “the leader”; Donatello, “the brains”; Raphael, “the muscle”; and Michelangelo, “the wild one.”

[Updated with embedded trailer]

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sean Astin and fellow TMNTs to appear at SDCC (updated)

Sean Astin, who voices Raphael in the upcoming Nickelodeon animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series will join his costars Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello) and Greg Cipes (Michelangelo) and executive producer Ciron Nieli in a panel on Friday, July 13 at the San Diego Comic Con, 10:15-11:15am.

At 12:30pm, the cast will be signing autographs at the Nickelodeon booth.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Franklin & Bash stills of Sean Astin

Here are a couple of stills from tonight's episode of Franklin & Bash, in which Sean Astin plays a college security guard by day, a masked and caped superhero by night! "Viper" airs on TNT tonight at 10pm ET.

Sean Astin, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Sean Astin as Ralph in TMNT!

Cute little clip of Sean recording the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon's upcoming animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles today, posted by costar Rob Paulsen, who place Donatello.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Another high res of Sean in Demoted

Sean Astin as Mike has a bad hair day.
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Clip from unaired pilot "American Men"

In 2006, Sean made a pilot for an ABC TV sitcom called "American Men" (originally called "The Guys"). The show was never picked up and the pilot never aired, but a clip has just surfaced. [Thanks to SeanAstinZone for the heads up!]

Sean Astin, Stephen Tobolowsky, Bumper Robinson, Robert Bagnell and David Anthony Higgins

A description of the show:
When you have your first kid, for a little while, you can still get away with trying to convince yourself that you're still that same fun-loving guy who you were pre-kid...hang out with all those buddies you used to hang out with, and do all those cool pre-kid things. But at a certain point, you have to realize that you are not that cool guy anymore: you are a dad. And the people you are actually hanging out with are not those cool guys you used to hang out with but are, in fact, the random assortment of other dads who just happen to have kids the same age as yours. That is your group. That is your posse. That is your reality. And if you are anything like Sean Wilson [Sean Astin], you become determined to make those people your friends and to make that group work. Brought together by their kids, The Guys is about the unlikely but life-altering friendship created amongst a disparate group of men who otherwise would never be spending time together. An executive producer for Malcolm in the Middle and a writer for The Andy Dick Show examine the private lives of new fathers and prove they can do so much more than change a diaper. It's about the balance between their desire to be an important part of their kids' development and rediscovering the simple joys of outside interests.

Interesting side note: The pilot was directed by Rob Schiller, who directed "And They're Off," the horse racing comedy starring Sean, recently released on DVD!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Praise for Sean Astin in "Demoted" review

I found the notion that Astin’s character Mike, despite being a successful sales associate with a major firm, would still live with his parents quite funny, especially since his mother ultimately takes it upon herself to entertain the strippers Mike brings home each night. More of that certainly would have been nice. In fact, more Sean Astin in general would have benefited the film greatly.

Astin proves to be the most consistently funny performer throughout.

Mike on the other hand, undergoes a complete lifestyle transformation by the end of the picture, which makes him a more logical focal point. Moreover, Astin delivers a more thoroughly solid comic performance than any other Demoted cast member, so much so that he steals virtually every scene he appears in. For even when he isn’t talking, Astin finds some sort of bizarre comic business to do that ultimately draws focus from the trite action and dialogue going on around him anyway.

Sean Astin is wonderful in the picture and here’s hoping that he gets a chance to play the lead in a superior comedy soon.


"Demoted" will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on June 12.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Even MORE Collectormania photos!

I can't help but be reminded of when Samwise keeps pulling lembas bread out of his knapsack… ;-)

The next four photos were posted by Elspeth Renfrew on Flickr.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Video interview with Sean at Collectormania

"You cradle a bloke in your arms and cry in his face, people are going to talk, that's all I'm saying!"

Sean talks about a memorable fan interaction and his famous roles as Mikey, Rudy and Samwise. He also has a message for those who did not attend Collectormania! :-)

From Red Carpet News TV.

Preview: Sean Astin as "Viper" on Franklin and Bash!

Sean Astin is "Viper" on Franklin & Bash, Tuesday June 12 10pm ET on TNT

Sean Astin is convinced there will be a new Goonies

There are no definite plans yet, but Sean Astin is convinced there will be a new Goonies of some kind!

A few more Collectormania photos

Photo by @PaulSchnaars

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

High Res Demoted image!

Sean Astin as Mike in "Demoted"
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Hollywood Treasure stills

Here are a few nice stills and screen caps from Hollywood Treasure's season premiere.

Sean Astin with original Middle-earth map.

Another Demoted trailer

Demoted, with Sean Astin, Michael Vartan and David Cross, is due out on Blu-ray and DVD on June 12.

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Collectormania Day 3

Sean took numerous photographs, both formal and informal, with fans on the last day of Collectormania in Milton Keynes, UK. Here are a few of them. Don't miss the other Collectormania photos, including Sean playing football (American soccer).

Sean and Harry, posted by @DaveJKing

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sean Plays Football, aka Soccer

After playing American football a couple of weeks ago, Sean Astin switched to what the rest of the world calls football—and we Yanks call soccer—after Collectormania on Sunday. Unless otherwise noted, pics are from Lizzi Dawson's Facebook album, where you can find more photos.

Posted by @gemmaquickfall

Collectormania Day 2 plus bonus!

Before we get to Day 2, here's a preview of Day 3 plus a bonus look back at Day 1, because they're too cool to miss! (More Day 3 pics tomorrow, plus any more cool stuff that shows up!)

Sean posted a pic of with Amandla Stenberg, Rue from "The Hunger Games"!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sean at Collectormania Day 1

Sean is attending Collectormania in Milton Keynes, UK this weekend. Here are a few pics fans have posted from June 1.

By Howard Crowe