Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sean Astin talks Run3rd at Tinker Bell Meetup

Sean explains the genesis and meaning of #run3rd at the Tinker Bell Meet-up in Disneyland prior to the weekend races.

Sean Astin (not Rudy!) runs onto Rose Bowl Field!

Sunday morning brought light showers, moments of sunshine, and over one thousand runners to the Rose Bowl Stadium as athletes lined up to race in the 14th running of the Rose Bowl Half Marathon. This year’s course took athletes on over nine miles of trails all surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium before leading them onto the field to finish on the 50 Yard line. …
Among the many athletes in attendance for this year’s race was actor Sean Astin. Astin, who famously starred as Rudy, ran with athletes to midfield as they experienced their own charge on to hallowed ground through the stadium tunnel as fans cheered them on to the finish line. “A lot of people want to make it to the Rose Bowl. After two hours of grinding it out in the elements, I was definitely one of them! It was a great run with a field of serious athletes. Taking pictures with runners and collecting a great looking medal were definite highlights!” Astin stayed well after finishing to pose with fans and discuss the course with his fellow competitors.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sean Astin to be guest presenter at Annie Awards

Update: Watch the Annie Awards live streaming here at 7pm PT (10pm ET) Saturday, February 2.

Seam Astin will be one of the presenters at the 40th Annie Awards on Saturday, February 2. Sean's fellow "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" costars Mae Whitman, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs and Kevin Michael Richardson will also be presenters, and Rob Paulsen with be on of the hosts!
BURBANK, CA (January 29, 2013) – Why have just one when you can have four! Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen & Maurice Lamarche will share hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional Seth Green at this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards set for Saturday, February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Celebrating the best in animation, this annual black-tie evening will begin with a pre-reception at 5 p.m. followed by the Annie Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and an after-party celebration immediately following the ceremony. All events will be held at Royce Hall. 
“We are very excited to have our hosts share in the 40th celebration of the Annies and know they will bring great energy and excitement to this year’s ceremony,’’ says ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone. Joined on stage by a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including animation legend June Foray are Jessica Walter, James Patrick Stuart, Kristen Schaal, Mae Whitman, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, Jessica DiCicco, Lucas Grabeel, Darren Criss & Joey Richter, Kevin Shinick, Jim Cummings & Diedrich Bader, Atticus Shaffer & Tucker Albrizzi, Jamie Bolio, Kevin Michael Richardson & Loretta Devine, Alan Tudyk, Mo Collins, Max Charles, Jon Olsen & Fred Tatashiore, Sam Witmer & Matt Lanter, Tony Anselmo.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sean Astin at Rose Bowl Half Marathon

Sean ran the Rose Bowl Half Marathon today. His time for the 13.1 miles was 2:39:43. Here are a few pics.

Sean bundles up in the raw and chilly pre-race morning.

Hey, That's Sean Astin!

Article to go with video below.
The whispers in the crowd were true – that was Sean Astin at the Never Land Family Fun Run 5K and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort this past weekend. This was the third runDisney half marathon the star of The Goonies, Rudy and The Lord of the Rings, participated in. Last year Astin ran both the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Disneyland Half Marathon. 
Not only does Astin love runDisney events but also loves the runners that participate. He was very generous with his time at the races and at the expo for photos, autographs and entertaining the crowd. Much to my surprise he even showed up in “character” for the 5K wearing Tinker Bell wings and a sparkle skirt. Now, he may deny that fact in public, but the video below has the evidence. 
As runners we run for different reasons. Astin runs for what he calls #Run3rd. What that means is he runs first for himself, second for his family and third for anyone that tweets him and asks for a special run dedication. 
I think anyone having the chance to meet him last weekend will agree, Sean Astin is a great guy, loves running and loves runDisney. But judge for yourself, let him tell you in his own words.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

More Sean video at the Tinker Bell

More of the interview with Sean Astin following the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland on January 20, including video of his start and finish, and congratulatory kisses from his daughters! (Everyone go "awwww!!!")

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Post Tinker Bell Half Marathon interview

Sean Astin is interviewed after completing his second Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

Also, here are a couple of nice fan photos of Sean:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sean runs the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Sean Astin ran the 2nd Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland yesterday. Here are some photos before, during and after the race.

Sean gave a pre-race pep talk to the runners. From
Sean shows off his #run3rd shirt. From

Sean shows Kelly a video of daughter Bella in the kids' races.
Posted on runDisney's Facebook page.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saturday in the Park: Neverland 5K

On Saturday, January 20, Sean Astin ran the Neverland 5K at Disneyland… dressed as a fairy! :-D

Here are several race and post race photos!

Sean with @according2kelly, @runDisney and @runTeamSparkle. Posted by @HRHginger73.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

More photos from Tinker Bell Meetup

Unless otherwise indicated, these are official Disney Parks photos. Source.

Sean and Tink! Open in new window for high res!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sean Astin at runDisney Tinker Bell Meetup

Photo by @iRunDisney. Open in new window for full size!
Sean attended the runDisney Tinker Bell Meet-up today as part of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland. He will be running in the Neverland 5K on Saturday and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday.

Sean talked to the attendees about his #run3rd project, now celebrating its first anniversary. ("I run first for myself, second for my wife and kids, and I #run3rd for you.") He also expressed his love of the runDisney events. "The parks and people are great," he said. "But the medals are awesome!" Sean said that he hoped to do all runDisney races from here on out.

Other celebrities at the event were runner Jeff Galloway and diet guru Tara Gidus.

Here are some of the many photos from the day:

One Year Anniversary of #Run3rd!

One year ago this weekend, Sean Astin came up with the idea of #Run3rd. Since then, he has inspired and encouraged others to take up running and to dedicate their runs to the dreams, hopes, causes and aspirations of others.

Thank you, Sean and all the Team Captains and others who #run3rd!

Collage by @LupeSteele. Open in new window for larger version.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sean Astin and Craig Parker on Beyond the Screens

Sean Astin and Craig Parker are featured in the latest episode of the Beyond the Screens podcast. Both were interviewed at cons last fall. Sean talks about making The Goonies and The Lord of the Rings, among other topics, while Craig talks about LOTR and Legend of the Seekers.

Their interviews start at about 22:20. Listen here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sean Astin to star in "The Call"

Update: The name of the movie has been changed to "The Dramatics."

According to Variety, Sean Astin will be featured in the independently produced movie, "The Call."
Independent production company Vanishing Angle is set to produce its first feature film "The Call," a dramedy that will mark the feature directorial debut of Upright Citizens Brigade and Funny or Die alum Scott Rodgers, who wrote the script with co-star Kat Foster.   
In addition to Rogers and Foster, ensemble cast also includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Sean Astin, Thomas Sadoski ("The Newsroom"), Timm Sharp ("Enlightened"), Pablo Schreiber ("Orange Is the New Black"), Riki Lindhome ("Hell Baby") and Paul F. Tompkins ("Best Week Ever").  
Foster stars as an actress who lands the role of a lifetime opposite an Oscar-winning playboy (Schreiber) in a risqué mini-series. Her dream job becomes her boyfriend's (Rodgers) worst nightmare and threatens to destroy their fragile relationship in the three short days until she leaves to start filming.
Full article here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sean Astin's recent race reports

Race reports for Sean's recent events have been posted on the Run3rd blog:

Sandy Hook Virtual 5K December 29, 2012.
A virtual (i.e., run anywhere) race to support the families of Newtown CT.

New Year's Resolution 5K January 5, 2013.
A nighttime race through downtown LA.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sean Astin talks about Notre Dame BCS Championship Game

It's been 20 years since "Rudy" -- the story of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who, despite obstacles, wanted to play football for Notre Dame -- came out in theaters. The star of the movie, Sean Astin, is often reminded about one of the best sports movies of all time. "Every day, I go out of my house and in public," he said, "someone asks me about it." With tonight being the BCS championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama, Astin talked with ESPN's senior writer Lynn Hoppes about his thoughts on Notre Dame and the game. Here's his column: 

In some ways, this is my championship season also. 
The movie, which is 20 years old, predicted this when Coach Ara Parseghian said the goal for the team is play for a national title. And here we are. 

I love the idea of Notre Dame. The fact that the fans live, breathe, eat, sleep and die thinking about the Fighting Irish is something very contagious. You can easily connect with that feeling. The school has a shiny, golden dome, which is a beacon of hope and faith. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sean Astin dances Gangnam Style!

Sean Astin, who voices the frog Ribbit in the upcoming animated film of the same name, practices some moves! Tip: Start the second one about 7 seconds after the first one! :-D