Friday, October 26, 2012

Sean Astin to guest on ABC's The Chew

Sean will be a guest on ABC's The Chew on Friday November 2, 1pm ET. The episode of the hour-long daytime foodie show was recorded when Sean was in New York City in September promoting Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


ForceCast interview at Dallas Fan Days

Here's a great audio interview with Sean by Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac of Sean discusses working with Christopher Lee, the fusion of Star Wars and politics, #Run3rd, and Vox Populi.

Sean being interviewed by Jason (left) and Jimmy at C2E2 in April. Photo courtesy Jason.

Sean's interview starts at 1:10:30.

Sean Astin on Stan Lee

Sean Astin talks about Stan Lee's use of morality in his writing, and the comparison between comics and other literary works, such as The Lord of the Rings, and more in this extended interview from "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story."

Sean's reaction to being called a "walking lump of charisma" by Stan Lee.
Animated gif by gollykeeper on Tumblr.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sean's Dallas Fan Days Q&A video

Here is a portion of Sean's Q&A at Dallas Fan Days on October 20. He talks about a Goonies sequel, favorite TV shows, hobbit feet and more!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Light Saber Battle!

Sean Astin gives Dina Meyer a few sword fighting tips he picked up as a Hobbit! Casper Van Dien gets involved!

Sean at Dallas Fan Days: Many pics!

Sean Astin attended the Dallas Fan Days this weekend, October 19-21. Although only scheduled to appear on Saturday and Sunday, Sean showed up on Friday, ready to start signing. The con organizers found a spot for him, though he did have to set up his table himself!

Photo from @GrammaHobbit

Video interview from NY Comic Con

Sean has a little fun with the English language in this interview by Sofia Samrad for NY Hotspots on CW. :-)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sean and Billy at RingCon Press Conference

On October 5, Ring*Con held a press conference with some of the key guests, including Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Team Starkid, Craig Parker, Craig Horner, Mark Ferguson, Joe Dempsie and more.

Key Sean moments:
  • 9:00 Sean gives Billy some water, LOL.
  • 10:30 Sean answers a question about the attraction of fantasy.
  • 14:12 Sean and Billy talk about the Hobbits being in communication with each other, the continuing influence of The Lord of the Rings in their lives and the Rudy reference in Adam Sorkin's The Newsroom.
  • 20:50 The LOTR stars are asked why none of them are in The Hobbit and Sean explains why, followed by a brief mention of Starkids :-)
  • 28:40 Sean answers a question about special moments at conventions
  • 43:55 Sean responds to a question about the differences in acting in a fantasy movie vs. other movies. "When it gets right down to it, it's all about the hair."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Full TMNT panel from NYCC plus interview

Sean Astin takes on Raphael in New Turtles
MELBOURNE, Oct 18 AAP They live in the sewer. They love pizza. And they'll kick your butt if you step out of line. Yep, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those half-shell heroes of the '80s and '90s, are back once again, this time in a slick new animated series premiering this week on pay-TV station Nickelodeon [in Australia and New Zealand].
Among the actors lending their voices to the "bodacious" quartet is Sean Astin, whose extensive body of work includes the much-loved '80s adventure The Goonies, the touching sports drama Rudy and, of course, the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. 
Read full interview here.

Here's the full panel with Sean, Rob Paulsen and Greg Cipes from New York Comic Con on Friday, October 12.

Also, here's a delightfully detailed report on the panel from for those who don't have time to watch the panel!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Photos of Sean at Rose Hill Center 20th Anniversary Celebrathion

Sean's into anniversary celebrations lately! After speaking at the 15th anniversary of First Things First last month, on October 11, Sean spoke at the 20th anniversary Celebration of the Rose Hill Center in Holly, MI. Sean took over for his mom Anna Pearce (Patty Duke) who was unable to attend.

Sean with Joanne and Ben Robinson and Cheryl Wallace

Sean with Gayle Flanigan and a card for her son-in-law


Sean to lead #run3rd campaign on LifeKraze

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- LifeKraze, the social networking platform and iPhone application that rewards and encourages members' personal accomplishments, announced actor Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings) will be leading the company's seasonal celebration of running. Astin, a long distance runner for the last 25 years, will be using the platform to share his return to the sport after a recent injury and will also be sharing his #Run3rd campaign with the LifeKraze community. The celebration will feature a variety of co-sponsors, which provide different ways for LifeKraze members to engage in the celebrated sport.

Astin's #Run3rd initiative encourages runners to use their activity to benefit others. Since the introduction of #Run3rd, the hashtag has received international use and has harnessed over 50,000 followers. "I run 1st for myself, I run 2nd for my family, I run 3rd to help others," said Astin. "I'm excited to share my passion for running with the LifeKraze community as I gear up to start training again. The online community is encouraging me to move from injury and its attendant lethargy to optimal performance." The launch of the Running Days initiative also brings other running legends to the LifeKraze community, including Mark Covert, who holds the American record for longest continuous streak of daily running: over 44 years and over 150,000 miles run. Covert, now a collegiate track coach, will be sharing the continuation of the streak with daily posts on the LifeKraze site.

Read the details on the #Run3rd blog.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Photos from First Things First 15th Anniversary Celebration

Sean gave the keynote speech to more than 1,000 guests at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of First Things First on September 25. First Things First is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Hamilton County, Tennessee through education, collaboration and mobilization. It is a community resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sean at NY Comic Con Saturday

Here are a few images of Sean from NY Comic Con on Saturday, plus some cool posters!

By @AlyssaMaynard

By @TristanSG, Kerri and Sean trade glasses. 

Sean with Terry Pratchett, TMNT brothers

Sean invited Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series of fantasy/sci-fi novels, to sit in on his panel.  Watch the video here.

By @JDianeAbela

By @terryandrob (Terry's official twitter)

There was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle panel with Sean (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo) and Rob Paulsen (Donatello). These photos are all copyright Getty Images.

Sean's Q&A Panel from NY Comic Con

Sean Astin's Q&A session at NY Comic Con with special guest appearance by Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld novels. Sean starred as Twoflower in the Sky One production of Pratchett's "The Colour of Magic."

Rich Davis and Steve Covino hosted the panel.

Photos of Sean at NYCC

Here are a few photos of Sean at NY Comic Con yesterday, Friday October 12. More will be posted later! All images are copyright Getty Images.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

More photos from Peter Becher's photo shoot

Here are some more lovely and fun photos of Sean and Billy by Peter Becher of! Thanks to @aprilsaporta for the heads up on these!

And the ones I posted before in case you missed them:

RingCon 2012 report from Eve

Many thanks to Evelien @evelienh for providing us with this wonderful report of her Ring*Con experiences! [Note you can click on any image for larger version.]

Ring*Con in Bonn, Germany celebrated its 10th anniversary BIG this year, “Back to the roots”! It was originally created as a Lord of the Rings convention, and even though these last few years it has become more fantasy in general themed, it is still spirited by the original core fan base and a profound love of anything Tolkien related. When they announced at last year’s event it would be the 10th year, and that Ring*Con 2012 would take place the weekend of my birthday (5-8 October, of course add to that it is the year of The Hobbit release), I immediately signed up for a gold ticket. And I am so glad I did!

Billy Boyd was one of the first guests to be announced (his second visit to Ring*Con, the first time was in 2004), and I saw I wasn’t the only one who then asked the organization… GREAT, now what about Sean Astin?? They never replied to us, and the guest list soon got filled up (with great names… but no Sean). I stopped thinking about it. Then about a month before the event, suddenly a last minute surprise announcement, a new STAR guest! Sean’s name immediately went to the top of the list.. and when I read that I think I must have given my neighbors quite a scare... YES! Sean is coming!!

Friday 5th October, the first day (my birthday), was a very hectic day. There were lots of great panels and photo sessions, and no way to clone myself to do it all. But the first photo session that I did was with Sean! There were many people lined up, so it was all a bit rushed, and I couldn’t really say much to him besides a quick hello. Still, seeing him on my birthday really made my day! And I love how that photo turned out! Incidentally, I’m also wearing my Vox Populi wristband there!

Then it was time for the opening ceremony, and seeing Sean and Billy on stage together was a special moment for all of us present! Even some of the other actors on stage got a little emotional. Sean came bouncing out, full of energy, and he and Billy pounced on each other. Sean (after high 5ing Team Star kid) had also prepared a little speech in German, and Billy… tried to help? They started dancing when the last bit of music came on, and the crowd went wild! What a great convention this already promised to be! I had one of the best spots too thanks to my gold ticket, center second row!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Promo for Alphas "Need to Know"

Here is the promo for the second episode of Alphas with Sean as guest star. Summer Glau ("Firefly") also guests! "Need to Know" airs Monday, October 15, 8pm ET/PT and again 10pm ET/PT.

Amazing Love now on DVD

"Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea" is now available on DVD direct from It will be from on November 13.

Teen friends, Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy embark on a weekend camping trip lead by their church youth group leader Stuart (Sean Astin) and his wife Beth (Erin Bethea). Joining them is an outsider Ashley, a self-involved rich kid, whose attitude causes a major commotion within the group, specifically between her and Carrie. Before it gets too out of hand though, Stuart takes this opportunity to share with the kids the incredibly powerful biblical story of Hosea; a story of immovable faith, impeccable commitment, and impervious love. 

The movies also stars Savannah Jayde, Sammi Hanratty, Kenton Duty, Terrence Hardy and Creagen Dow, and features a guest appearance by Patty Duke.

See the trailer here and a clip here.

Sizzle reel for Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

This is the movie for which Sean is growing a beard. :-) Filming starts shortly in the Dominican Republic.
The movie, starring “Lord of the Rings” and “Encino Man” alum Sean Astin, tells the backstory of the flesh-eating virus that caused Rider Strong’s face to melt a decade ago [in the original Cabin Fever movie].
Friends start to show symptoms of a mysterious flesh eating disease in the Caribbean, the countdown is on to solve the mystery and find help. A mysterious and surprisingly unaffected stranger [Sean?!] may hold the clue to escape…  or may be the cause of their ultimate demise.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sean reads from Lord of the Rings

Sean reads a moving passage from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Some Wonderful RingCon photos!

Here are some more wonderful photos of Sean and Billy, plus some fan photo ops!

From iamcaptainnarcolepsy on Tumblr

From iamcaptainnarcolepsy on Tumblr

Sean on Sam Roberts Show

Sean was interviewed on the Sam Roberts Show yesterday. He talks about the heart many of his characters share, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and how Ian McKellen introduced the Hobbits to erotic fanfic!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New images of Sean in Alphas

Don't forget Sean is in the first of two episodes of Alphas on Monday October 8, 8pm ET/PT on SyFy. The episode re-airs at 10pm ET/PT. While you are waiting, here are a couple of new images from the episode "If Memory Serves."

Sean plays Mitchell, an Alpha who can store and replay other people's memories.

Sean with Erin Way, who plays Kat.
Photos are copyright SyFy. Source

Gorgeous Sean and Billy photos!

Photos by Peter Becher,

Many Photos of Sean and Billy from RingCon

Here is a selection of photos of Sean Astin and Billy Boyd from this weekend's Ring*Con in Bonn, Germany. We will have many more goodies including detailed reports from our friends in the field later! :-D

And don't miss Sean's photos from his morning run and the other Sean and Billy pics.

The following are from Eve @evelienh:

Sean gets ready to sign autographs

Sean's morning run in Germany

Sean on a morning run in Bonn before the final day of Ring*Con begins. 

Misty morning on the River Rhine

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sean Astin and Billy Boyd at Ring*Con day 1

Sean and Billy are both attending Ring*Con in Bonn, Germany this weekend. Here are several photos of them from Friday, October 5.


Reporter: After 11 years, how much of your life is still the Lord of the Rings?
Sean Astin: 16%
Reporter:Sean Astin: Well, people still want me to carry them up mountains…
Billy Boyd: I still tell people that I was the most important hobbit in the movie. I mean, I got those trees to help us… that's big.  Source

These next two photos are from Geek on the Prowl.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Details of Sean Astin on Alphas

Sean Astin, star of the worldwide hit trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, guest stars in a thrilling, two-episode arc of Syfy’s hit-series Alphas beginning this Monday, October 8 at 8PM ET/PT. With just three episodes left, the second season finale of Alphas airs Monday, October 22nd at 8PM ET/PT. 
In his episodes, Sean Astin plays Mitchell, an Alpha with enhanced memory capabilities which allow him to store and replay other people’s memories and even draw individuals into them as if they’re actually happening. Believing he's a major asset to their nemesis, Stanton Parish (recurring guest-star John Pyper-Ferguson), Hicks (Warren Christie) and Kat (Erin Way) are tasked with kidnapping Mitchell but his bone crushing body guard won’t give up without a fight, leading to a deadly showdown.  Source
From my cable channel guide:
Hicks and Kat find themselves being chased when they hit the road to transport a valuable Parrish asset whose memory and gift for gab seem to know no limits.

New Sideshow Frodo and Sam statue!

Sideshow Collectibles will be releasing a new Frodo and Sam in Orc armor statue. Here are a few images from forum.

Sean's October Convention Schedule

Sean will be a busy boy this October! He is scheduled to attend three conventions that month. Here are the days he is expected to appear and his Q&A schedules.

Please note all days and times are subject to change!

October 5-7 Ring*Con, Bonn Germany
Friday Oct 5 Q&A 8:45 - 9:45pm, Photo op 5 - 6pm
Sunday Oct 7 Q&A with Billy Boyd 4 - 5pm, Photo op 2 - 3pm
Full schedule

October 12-14 New York Comic Con New York City NY
Friday Oct 12 Autographs 10am - 7pm,  Photo op 1:20 - 1:45pm, Q&A 3 - 4 pm, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle panel 6:45 - 7:45pm
Saturday Oct 13 Autographs 10am - 7pm, Photo op 3:40 - 4pm
Sunday Oct 14 Autographs 10am - 5pm, Photo op 2:30 - 2:45pm
Full schedule

October 20-21 Dallas Fan Days, Irving TX
Saturday Oct 20 Autographs 11am - 7pm, Photo op 12:15pm, Q&A 1 - 2 pm
Sunday Oct 21 Autographs 11am - 5pm, Photo op 2:55pm.
Autograph $40.00, Photo op: $40.00.
Full schedule

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sean guest speaker at Rose Hill Center event

Sean Astin will be the keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Rose Hill Center in Holly MI on Thursday, October 11. He is filling in for his mother, Anna Pearce, aka Patty Duke, who was originally scheduled to appear.
Rose Hill Center, a Joint Commission accredited residential psychiatric rehabilitation facility for adults with a primary diagnosis of severe mental illness, will host its 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 11 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham. The event is supported by Northern Trust and will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. It includes a cocktail reception, dinner and formal remarks. Tickets for Rose Hill Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration are $150 and can be purchased by calling 248-531-2406. For more information, visit
Sources here and here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Photos of Sean's visit to Holy Cross College

Sean visited Holy Cross College September 21 while in South Bend campaigning for Brendan Mullen. This is a selection of photos from a large set posted by HCC on their Facebook page. See full set here.

Video of Sean's Q&A is here and other photos from the weekend are here.

More Competitor Magazine photos; Hollywood Half video

You may recall Sean was the focus on an article in last month's Competitor Magazine. Several unused images from the photo shoot as well as behind the scenes pics are now posted on

Here's one to whet your appetite with more great photos here!

Also on the Run3rd blog is a video about last spring's inaugural Hollywood Half Marathon, featuring interviews with Sean both before and after the race.

Watch the video here!