Sunday Services

Since this is the next-to-last edition of Sunday Services, I thought I’d put up a montage that would – hopefully – satisfy all the womenfolk. In case you missed last week’s post, I am ending Sunday Services next week. It’s been four years, over 200 posts, and it was becoming work, instead of fun.

It may come back after I take a break, and I’ll throw photos in posts occasionally. So with that, enjoy the show.

Ryan Reynolds (above) comes off as a very down-to-earth kind of guy. I mean, it’s possible he’s a scumbag, but almost every piece of press about him is glowing. Dressing up as Deadpool for sick kids, giving to charities, etc.

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Sunday Services

In honor of Columbus Day – yes, I celebrate it because the SJWs can suck it – I decided to post one of the most beautiful Italian actresses I’ve ever seen: Claudia Cardinale.

Claudia Cardinale (15 April 1938) is an Italian Tunisian film actress who appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s, mainly Italian or French, but also in many English-language films.

Born and raised in La Goulette, Tunis, Cardinale won the “Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia” competition in 1957, the prize being a trip to Italy, which quickly led to film contracts, due above all to the involvement of Franco Cristaldi, who acted as her mentor for a number of years and later married her.

From 1963, Cardinale became known in the United States and Britain following her role in The Pink Panther opposite David Niven. She appeared the Sergio Leone epic Western Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), a joint US-Italian production, in which she was praised for her role as a former prostitute opposite Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, and Henry Fonda.

Claudia encapsulates everything we’ve heard about Italian women. Just perfect.

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This week’s services revolve around Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Frank Grillo.

Frank Anthony Grillo (June 8, 1965) is an American actor known for his roles in films such as Warrior (2011), The Grey (2012), End of Watch (2012), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). He had his first leading role in the action horror film The Purge: Anarchy (2014), portraying Sergeant Leo Barnes, a role he reprised in The Purge: Election Year (2016). He also plays the Marvel super-villain Brock Rumlow / Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Big Daddy in the Chinese action film Wolf Warrior 2 (2017), the highest-grossing non-Hollywood film of all time.

Grillo was born the first of three boys, with two brothers, in New York City, and is of Italian (Calabrian) heritage. He graduated from New York University with a business degree and spent a year on Wall Street before being asked to do a Miller Genuine Draft beer commercial.

Another two decades and I’ll look like that. There are more photos below the fold…

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Like last week’s services, today will be a throwback. In this case, the boddy which launched a thousand teenagers into puberty: supermodel Stephanie Seymour.

Stephanie Michelle Seymour (July 23, 1968) is an American model and actress. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Seymour appeared in numerous issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and on the cover of Vogue as well. Seymour was a primary lingerie and hosiery model for the relatively new Victoria’s Secret company in its mail-order catalogs and retail stores. In March 1991, and again in February 1993, Seymour posed for Playboy.

She was one of the most famous supermodels of the 1980s and 90s along with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer. She was immortalized in the music video for Guns N’ Roses, for their song “November Rain”.

Sadly, Stephanie went from hot model to hot mess, but damn she was a supermodel among supermodels. There are more photos below the fold…

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With the premiere of Rambo XXV opening this weekend, I figured we’d take a look at Sylvester Stallone.

Sylvester Enzio Stallone (July 6, 1946) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer.

Stallone mostly only found gradual work as an extra or side character in films with a sizable budget until he achieved his greatest critical and commercial success as an actor, starting in 1976 with his self-created role as the boxer Rocky Balboa, in the first film of the successful Rocky series (1976-2018). In the films, Rocky is portrayed as an underdog fighter that does battle with numerous brutal opponents, and wins the world heavyweight championship twice.

In 1977, Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. He became the third man in history to receive these two nominations for the same film, after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.

For most born and raised Philadelphians, Stallone’s entire collection revolves around the Rocky films. Rocky’s apartment (1818 E. Tusculum Street) and Adrian’s house (2822 N. Rosehill Street) were in my district when I got out of the academy. It’s an awful neighborhood now, but the homes are still there.

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BBC America has been running the new Star Trek films lately, and while catching Star trek: Into Darkness, I re-noticed the delicious Zoe Saldana. The services have begun.

Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario (June 19, 1978) is an American actress. Following her performances with the theater group Faces, Saldana made her screen debut in a 1999 episode of Law & Order. Her film career began a year later with Center Stage (2000), where she played a struggling ballet dancer.

Saldana became known for her work in science fiction films, beginning in 2009 with her first of multiple appearances as Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek film series and her first appearance as Neytiri in the Avatar film series. She has also played Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

I never saw Avatar, as I thought it was self-righteous garbage, but the new Star Trek films aren’t too bad. Zoe was good in Guardians of the Galaxy, but that was the last Marvel film I’ve seen before my boycott. There are more photos below the fold…

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Since Kyle spent his Friday watching the University of Dallas men’s and women’s soccer matches, I figured today’s services could feature a soccer player. In this case, that player is Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team. Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes.

He has won 29 trophies in his career, including six league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League. A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League (126) and the UEFA European Championship (9), as well as those for most assists in the Champions League (44) and the European Championship (6). He has scored 708 senior career goals for club and country.

Ronaldo is a brilliant player, which is why Kyle and Erik despise him. Kyle is a big fan of Brazil’s Neymar, and Erik loves Argentina’s Lionel Messi, whom I believe is the best player in the game.

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While sitting home the other day, I was channel surfing and came across the film Desperado, which is one of my all-time favorite movies. Antonio Banderas’ co-star in that film was the lovely and talented Salma Hayek, who, surprisingly, has not been featured in Sunday Services. Mistake rectified.

Salma Hayek Pinault (born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991, Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in films such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), and Dogma (both 1999).

Desperado is a classic, as is From Dusk Till Dawn. Salma was gorgeous in each. There are more photos below the fold…

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Since this household has been preoccupied with Texas this week, it’s only fitting to profile a Texan today. In this case, it’s Matthew McConaughey, born in Uvalde, and currently living in Austin.

Matthew McConaughey (November 4, 1969) is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), which is considered by many to be the actor’s breakout role. McConaughey’s breakthrough performance as a leading man came in the legal drama A Time to Kill (1996). He followed this with leading performances in the science fiction film Contact and the historical drama Amistad (1997), the war drama U-571 (2000) and the psychological thriller Frailty (2001).

It’s not the greatest film, but I loved McConaughey in Reign of Fire It’s a great fantasy flick.

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As Penance for writing awful things about Peter Fonda, today’s services will revolve around his gorgeous daughter, Bridget.

Bridget Jane Fonda (January 27, 1964) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in The Godfather Part III (1990), Single White Female (1992), Singles (1992), Point of No Return (1993), It Could Happen to You (1994) and Jackie Brown (1997). She is the daughter of Peter Fonda, niece of Jane Fonda and granddaughter of Henry Fonda.

Bridget was great in Point of No Return and Singles. Classic film. There are more photos below the fold…

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