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  • Emmys: How the 'Stranger Things' VFX team brought Sean Astin's bloody death to life

    Bob's shocking death scene was arguably the biggest highlight of the show's second season. Here's how the special-effects team made it seem so real.

  • 5 times television made us cry in 2017

    Spoiler alert if you're not caught up on "Stranger Things," "The Leftovers," "Jane the Virgin," and "This is Us"!

  • 'The Two Towers' turns 15: Sean Astin reveals the real-world origins of Sam's big speech

    Sam's stirring speech, written in wake of Sept. 11, is arguably the most frequently quoted scene from any one of Jackson's movies.

  • 'Stranger Things' star wears underwear on 'Late Show' for hilarious reason

    Lord of the Rings star turned Stranger Things star, Sean Astin, visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. And he surprised the host by crashing his monologue in his undies.

  • 'Stranger Things' postmortem: Sean Astin reveals the secrets behind Bob Newby

    After bingeing on Season 2 of "Stranger Things," the battle cry we're rallying around is #JusticeforBob.

  • Back-to-school throwback: Celebrities who were in after-school specials

    TV shows of the '80s and '90s that were meant to teach young viewers a very special lesson were an excellent training ground for these stars.

  • Sean Astin on Mom Patty Duke’s Bipolar Disorder: ‘We Were All in the Storm Together’

    Patty Duke sought to raise public awareness of mental health issues when she shared her bipolar diagnosis with the world in her 1987 memoir, Call Me Anna. But for son Sean Astin, his late mother’s mental health struggle was deeply personal. And now, after her death Tuesday at 69, the actor tells PEOPLE that even through the darkest depths of her illness, there was never any doubt of her unrelenting affection. “It wasn’t always pretty and it wasn’t always fun. But there was a lot of love,” says Astin, 45. ...

  • Sean Astin Pays Tribute to Late Mother Patty Duke

    Following Patty Duke’s death Tuesday at age 69, Sean Astin paid tribute to his mother on Facebook. Besides her work as a renowned actress, she was a tireless advocate on behalf of people with mental health issues.

  • Sean Astin on His Ideas For a ‘Goonies’ Sequel and Growing Christian Film Career

    Sean Astin at the premiere of ‘The Strain’ In a career that now stretches more than three decades, Sean Astin has starred in a beloved childhood classic (The Goonies), a quintessential sports film (Rudy) and one of the most successful film franchises in history (The Lord of the Rings). Now, at 44 years old, Astin is investing much of his time in a smaller (yet growing) genre: Christian films. This weekend, Astin stars in Woodlawn, his third Christian-themed movie in three years,and a true story in which he plays the traveling minister named Hank Erwin. The film was written and directed by Erwin’s sons, Andrew and Jon, Birmingham-based filmmakers also directed Astin in the 2014 Christian family comedy Mom’s Night Out.   A father of three, Astin was drawn to the material by both his relationship with the filmmakers and the appeal of working on a film that so emphasizes family (when he called up Yahoo Movies last week, Astin — the son of actress Patty Duke — was on his way to Boston to see his oldest daughter perform in a college play).