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sean astin has 'stranger things' fans shouting: what about bob?


sean astin does not want to take the elevator.it’s a monday afternoon when astin arrives at a downtown l.a. building for an interview. and, sensing some upward travel will be required, he mentions that ever since the northeast blackout of 2003 — in which he volunteered to help first responders in new york rescue people trapped in elevators — he is a stairs guy.but if a power outage should happen here, it’s at least comforting to know that astin, 46, is in the building ready to spring into action. it’s even more comforting if you’ve binged season 2 of “stranger things” since its release last week. (if you haven’t, bookmark this story for later. spoilers ahead.)astin — known for playing samwise in the “lord of the rings” trilogy, the title character in “rudy” and mikey in the 1985 cult class






netflix sets season 2 premiere date


get ready to return to hawkins, indiana. netflix has set a premiere date for season 2 of “stranger things.”the spellbinding thriller will return on oct. 27.additionally, netflix released a new teaser that promises that “1984 only gets stranger.”season 2 will take place around halloween in 1984.the brief synopsis for the season reads: “it’s 1984 and the citizens of hawkins, indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of hawkins lab. will byers has been rescued from the upside down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.”new cast members this season include paul reiser, sean astin, will chase and brett gelman.






netflix releases new teaser, premiere date


get ready to return to hawkins, indiana. netflix has set a premiere date for season 2 of “stranger things.”the spellbinding thriller will return on oct. 27.additionally, netflix released a new teaser that promises that “1984 only gets stranger.”season 2 will take place around halloween in 1984.the brief synopsis for the season reads: “it’s 1984 and the citizens of hawkins, indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of hawkins lab. will byers has been rescued from the upside down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.”new cast members this season include paul reiser, sean astin, will chase and brett gelman.“stranger things” key art 






watch 'stranger things' season 2 trailer


stranger things is inching closer to a return.on tuesday, netflix announced that season two of the hit series will launch oct. 27. additionally, netflix released a new teaser for season two which promises that “1984 only gets stranger.”read: the 13 best lines from ‘power’ episode 403 “the kind of man you are”the release date and tagline are only fitting considering that, as previously revealed, the second season will take place around halloween in 1984.credit: netflixthe season’s description reads: “it’s 1984 and the citizens of hawkins, indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of hawkins lab. will byers has been rescued from the upside down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.”read: ‘moonlight’ director barry jenkins to adap






it's happening again: 'stranger things' announces release date with a creepy new


the rattled, bleary-eyed residents of hawkins, ind., are gearing up for a second go-round -- and this year, things only get stranger.on tuesday, netflix announced that season 2 of "stranger things" will officially be ready for binge-watching on oct. 27 (a fittingly hair-raising release date, given that the season will take place around halloween 1984).in conjunction with the announcement, netflix released a new, 25-second teaser that reveals almost nothing about the upcoming season.but its customary vintage-horror feel and eerie-retro aesthetic confirm that, in its second iteration, "stranger things" will probably still be that show you can't stop watching, even though you're a little bit afraid of it. in a press release, netflix offered a bit more context: "it's 1984 and the citizens of h






today in entertainment: 'westworld,' 'snl' lead 2017 emmy nominations; shia labe


the rattled, bleary-eyed residents of hawkins, ind., are gearing up for a second go-round -- and this year, things only get stranger.on tuesday, netflix announced that season 2 of "stranger things" will officially be ready for binge-watching on oct. 27 (a fittingly hair-raising release date, given that the season will take place around halloween 1984).in conjunction with the announcement, netflix released a new, 25-second teaser that reveals almost nothing about the upcoming season.but its customary vintage-horror feel and eerie-retro aesthetic confirm that, in its second iteration, "stranger things" will probably still be that show you can't stop watching, even though you're a little bit afraid of it. in a press release, netflix offered a bit more context: "it's 1984 and the citizens of h






a few wonder woman favorites will return for justice league


ant-man and the wasp casts a mysterious “key” role. donald glover discusses playing lando in the han solo spinoff. stranger things reveals sean astin’s new character. plus, even more transformers footage, teases of a special regeneration on doctor who, and more! spoilers get!justice leaguewonderful news! robin wright and connie nielsen have confirmed to the la times hippolyta and antiope will return to kick ass for justice league.gadot: of course; the mother and daughter relationship is always a beautiful but complex relationship. i think that there’s a lot more to explore.nielsen: and [wright and i] got to do more in “justice league” as well. as sisters as well. kind of badass as well. we can’t say much, but …wright: and more of the story, you get some of the history.hippolyta’s presence






kate micucci stars in the infectious rom-com 'unleashed'


sometimes a film with the most undeniably goofy premise comes along — and you’re shocked when it charms you. such is the case with the slyly winning “unleashed,” a rom-com about lovelorn app designer emma (kate micucci), whose pets transform into humans when she wishes upon a star.emma has given up on trusting and loving humans after a terrible betrayal, so she adopts yellow lab summit and kitty ajax to bring love into her life. but during a particularly dramatic astrological event, her furry friends turn into a pair of lovable men. while the puppyish sam (steve howey) and the feline diego (justin chatwin) try to woo their way back onto emma’s couch, she learns to let her guard down and regains her trust in real people, specifically her handy neighbor, carl (sean astin).“unleashed,” writte






the star power of 'justice league action' may outshine the heroes


cartoon network’s series “justice league action,” about a group of dc comics superheroes that includes superman and batman, has episodes that last only 11 minutes, but the series has attracted an impressive number of stars to voice heroic and villainous roles.starting with the return to tv of longtime batman voice actor kevin conroy, who last took on the dark knight in 2006’s “justice league unlimited” series, “action” boasts a glittery cast that includes james woods, ken jeong, mark hamill, carl reiner, sean astin, christian slater, brent spiner and hannibal buress.the assemblage speaks to the rise in popularity and respect in the superhero genre of film and television. conroy was particularly impressed by the new additions, some of which may have only been around for one episode, and tha






celebrity birthdays for may 12, 20177 – the mercury news


today’s birthdays: critic john simon is 92. composer burt bacharach is 89. actress millie perkins is 79. rhythm-and-blues singer jayotis washington is 76. country singer billy swan is 75. actress linda dano is 74. actress lindsay crouse is 69. singer-musician steve winwood is 69. actor gabriel byrne is 67. actor bruce boxleitner is 67. singer billy squier is 67. blues singer-musician guy davis is 65. country singer kix brooks is 62. actress kim greist is 59. rock musician eric singer (kiss) is 59. actor ving rhames is 58. rock musician billy duffy is 56.want celebrity birthdays delivered to your inbox for free on weekdays?sign up for our coffee break newsletter here.actor emilio estevez is 55. actress april grace is 55. actress vanessa a. williams is 54. tv personality/chef carla hall is 5






three movies to watch while you wait for more 'stranger things'


hilarious dustin, nervous mike, hysterical joyce, and poor barb: if you’re like me (and millions of other americans last year), the characters of “stranger things” captured your heart. naturally, as soon as you finished the series’ first season, you wondered how long we would have to wait for season two.but if you’re anxious for the next season of this instant classic, never fear: there are other ways to get your fix. for those seeking that magical combination of geeky protagonists, 80s retro, and misfit adventure, here are a few awesome movies that should tide you over until october 27.1. ‘the goonies’this 1985 cult classic follows a group of pre-teens living in astoria, oregon. the goonies, as they call themselves, are about to lose their homes to the expansion of a country club when the






belt hr, giants beat reds 8-3 for 1st 3-game win streak


san francisco — brandon belt homered again and the san francisco giants posted their first three-game winning streak of the season, beating the cincinnati reds 8-3 on sunday.belt hit his third home run in four games. joe panik and eduardo nunez each drove in two runs and buster posey had two hits for the giants.scooter gennett drove in two runs for the reds, who lost their third straight.jeff samardzija (1-5) snapped a personal six-game losing streak dating to last season. he gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking none.reds starter tim adleman (2-2) gave up four runs and was taken out after the first inning because of a neck strain.barrett astin replaced adleman and gave up three runs in the second.panik hit an rbi double, posey singled home a run and nunez add






the word of god - audio bible download


download download the word of god celebrity-voiced, dramatized, audio new testamentthis brilliantly-recorded audio new testament is a deeply inspiring, spiritually - and artistically-rich production voiced by internationally-renowned actors/celebrities including neal mcdonough, kristen bell, sean astin, michael york, blair underwood, malcolm mcdowell, stacy keach, brian cox, julia ormond, hill harper, john rhys-davies and many more. in addition to the star-studded cast, this dramatized audio new testament includes an original music score and wonderful sound effects to make the scriptures come alive, helping the listeners to feel that they are witnessing personally the life-changing words and events of salvation 2, 000 years ago. from chicago to hollywood to new york and beyond. over 70 act






'do you take this man' is not the gay wedding drama you've been waiting for


who doesn’t love a good wedding movie? unfortunately, “do you take this man” isn’t one of those. that it involves gay nuptials makes this sluggish talkfest feel like even more of a missed opportunity; something livelier and more compelling was in order.writer-director joshua tunick’s earnest, at times mawkish, drama finds mismatched los angeles couple daniel (anthony rapp) and christopher (jonathan bennett) facing a series of unexpected setbacks the day before their wedding.although these last-minute relationship testers may throw the guys, they’re such contrived, low-boil or avoidable hiccups that the film never builds any real sense of emotional tension or jeopardy as folks assemble at daniel and christopher’s house for a rehearsal dinner. as presented, these husbands-to-be could use a s






the star power of 'justice league action' may outshine the heroes


cartoon network’s series “justice league action,” about a group of dc comics superheroes that includes superman and batman, has episodes that last only 11 minutes, but the series has attracted an impressive number of stars to voice heroic and villainous roles.starting with the return to tv of longtime batman voice actor kevin conroy, who last took on the dark knight in 2006’s “justice league unlimited” series, “action” boasts a glittery cast that includes james woods, ken jeong, mark hamill, carl reiner, sean astin, christian slater, brent spiner and hannibal buress.the assemblage speaks to the rise in popularity and respect in the superhero genre of film and television. conroy was particularly impressed by the new additions, some of which may have only been around for one episode, and tha






baez hits grand slam, bryant homers as cubs beat reds 9-5


chicago — javier baez hit a grand slam, kris bryant homered and the chicago cubs beat the cincinnati reds 9-5 thursday to complete a three-game sweep.chicago outscored cincinnati 25-15 in the series and has 23 wins in its last 28 games against the reds.baez had three hits and a season-high five rbis. he capped a five-run first inning against amir garrett (3-3) with his third career slam.bryant hit his eighth homer this season in the fourth, a solo drive, and the cubs took a 9-0 lead in the fifth.john lester (2-2) improved to 11-0 in his last 15 regular-season home starts, allowing three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. he left with a 9-1 lead after giving up singles to jose peraza, tucker barnhart and arismendy alcantara in the seventh.cincinnati has lost six straight, its longest sk






receiver's decommitment from notre dame causes stir on social media


notre dame lost a four-star class of 2018 receiver commitment to oregon, creating a stir on social media in the process, and gained a tight end hours later wednesday.braden lenzy of portland, ore., decommitted from notre dame and announced his commitment to oregon shortly before four-star tight end george takacs of naples, fla., announced his intentions to play for the irish.lenzy wished the irish "nothing but success" in a twitter post announcing his decision, which he described as "very difficult … but one that was best for me."not long after lenzy's announcement, oregon safeties coach keith heyward tweeted a not-so-subtle jab at the irish that featured a gif of sean astin, who played the title character in the movie "rudy," being turned down by a woman.heyward's tweet read: "mood! #them






heartfelt drama 'te ata' lacks verve of its celebrated native american subject


earnest and respectful to a fault, “te ata” tells the inspiring true tale of groundbreaking native american actress and storyteller mary frances “te ata” thompson with equal parts grace and unsubtlety.between director nathan frankowski’s overly measured hand, esther luttrell’s often on-the-nose script (story by luttrell and jeannie barbour) and dutiful turn by a lovely q'orianka kilcher (“the new world”) in the title role (boriana williams plays te ata as a youngster), the film rarely soars with the kind of authentic spirit and passion needed to fully sell this decidedly old-fashioned material.set from te ata’s early 1900s childhood in indian territory (now oklahoma, where the film was shot) with her traditionalist chickasaw father (gil birmingham) and more open-minded white mother (brigid






movie openings: july 7 - la times


tom holland slips into the role of the world’s most famous arachnid superhero in “spider-man: homecoming.” casey affleck and rooney mara star for filmmaker david lowery in the supernatural tale “a ghost story,” and dominique abel and fiona gordon unleash their delightful brand of humor in “lost in paris.”-------------july 7austin found tired of her dull life, a woman plots to have her tween daughter kidnapped — for just a month or two — in the hopes of turning her family into celebrities. with linda cardellini, kirsten schaal, craig robinson. written by brenna graziano; story by will raee. directed by raee. (1:35) nr.cartels a hit squad bears down on a crime boss-turned-informant under the protection of u.s. marshals. with steven seagal, georges st. pierre, luke goss. written by keoni waxm






'speech & debate' has winning team in three high school misfits


“speech & debate,” based on the hit 2007 off-broadway play by stephen karam (who scripted here), is a smart and entertaining, if slight, comedy about three high school misfits who unite to rock the system.although the story, which feels a tad past its expiration date, never digs too deeply into its central issues (hypocrisy, loneliness, censorship, finding one’s voice), dan harris’ peppy direction and nimble turns by the film’s young leads prevail.set in salem, ore., (but filmed in jackson, miss.), the movie follows wry theater geek diwata (original cast member sarah steele, exceptional); openly gay, new-to-town howie (austin p. mckenzie); and uptight muckraker solomon (liam james) as they jump-start the campus’ defunct speech and debate club to combat an obstructive circle of parents, tea






celebrity birthdays for the week of feb. 19-25


feb. 19: actress carlin glynn ("sixteen candles") is 77. singer smokey robinson is 77. singer lou christie is 74. actor michael nader ("all my children") is 72. guitarist tony iommi of black sabbath is 69. actor stephen nichols ("the young and the restless") is 66. actor jeff daniels is 62. singer-guitarist dave wakeling (general public, english beat) is 61. talk-show host lorianne crook is 60. actor leslie david baker ("the office") is 59. singer seal is 54. actress jessica tuck ("true blood") is 54. drummer jon fishman of phish is 52. actress justine bateman is 51. actor benicio del toro is 50. actress bellamy young ("scandal") is 47. drummer daniel adair of nickelback (and formerly of 3 doors down) is 42. singer-actress haylie duff is 32. guitarist seth morrison of skillet is 29. actres






feature and tv films - la times


top rated movies and made-for-tv films airing the week of the week of feb. 5 - 11bonnie and clyde 1967 ova sun. 2 p.m., . 7 p.m.casablanca 1942 tcm sun. 5 p.m.citizen kane 1941 tcm sun. 9 p.m.the exorcist 1973 kcop mon. midnightthe crowd 1928 tcm mon. 3 p.m.planet of the apes 1968 sundance mon. 8 p.m., tue. 3 p.m.the deer hunter 1978 tcm mon. 9:30 p.m.the shawshank redemption 1994 amc mon. 10:30 p.m., tue. 5 p.m.deliverance 1972 tcm tue. 12:30 a.m.far from the madding crowd 1967 tcm wed. 12:30 a.m.father of the bride 1950 tcm wed. 3:30 a.m.forbidden planet 1956 tcm wed. 1 p.m.the dark knight 2008 amc wed. 7 p.m., thur. 1:30 p.m.42nd street 1933 tcm wed. 7 p.m.the french connection 1971 tcm wed. 9 p.m.friendly persuasion 1956 tcm wed. 11 p.m.fury 1936 tcm t