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Good Sunday to you all. Today’s subject is British actor Sean Bean.

Shaun Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959) is an English actor. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Bean made his professional debut in a theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in 1983. Bean has garnered further recognition for his performance as Ned Stark in the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, as well as roles in the ITV historical drama series Henry VIII. One of his more recent prominent film roles was Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03).

Other roles include Alec Trevelyan in the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995) and Odysseus in Troy (2004), as well as roles in Patriot Games (1992), Ronin (1998), and National Treasure (2004). He has received several awards during his career and won an International Emmy for Best Actor. He has also been nominated for a BAFTA and Saturn Award.

Renowned for frequently portraying characters who die, Bean’s many fictional deaths have earned him status as an Internet meme.

Bean is one of those actors who, to me, is great in everything. He was a terrific Bond villain in GoldenEye, an even better wuss in Ronin, and deliciously evil in Patriot Games.

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Mike, AKA Proof mentioned Vica Kerekes in a comment Friday, so I went through the blog to see some of her posts. Then checked again. Apparently, I posted about her on the old blog, but nothing since this one began (October 2015). Well, that error is rectified today.

Éva “Vica” Kerekes is a Slovak actress. She is active in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. “Vica” is a nickname widely used by Hungarians for Eva.

Vica Kerekes was born to an ethnic Hungarian mother and a father of Hungarian descent. After studying at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, she moved to Budapest in 2001 where she met her future husband, artist Csaba Vigh. She made her cinematic debut in 2004 with the Slovak film Konečná stanica. To the international audience, Kerekes is known for the 2011 film Men in Hope. She divorced in 2012 after having lived together for six years.

At last check, Vica is still single, but sadly, not desperate enough to date me. There are more photos below the fold…

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Since I posted about his marriage troubles this week – the troubles being the woman he married – I figured I’d dedicate this week’s Sunday Services to actor Channing Tatum.

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980) is an American actor. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (2005). His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience. He is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Tatum is also known for his leading role in Magic Mike (2012), and its sequel, Magic Mike XXL (2015) which he produced; he also starred in the action-comedy film 21 Jump Street and its 2014 sequel, 22 Jump Street.

Channing keeps himself in shape, which is good, because he’s back on the market, ladies!

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Yes, it’s Saturday, but no one will be around on Easter Sunday – least of all me; I’m working – so I wanted to slip in this week’s Sunday Services. (Heh, heh, “slip in.”) In honor Legion second season debut Tuesday night, today’s subject is Aubrey Plaza.

Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American comedian and actress. She portrayed April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. After appearing in supporting roles in several films, Plaza had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. Plaza currently stars as Lenny Busker in the FX series Legion.

Plaza began her career as an intern. After performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, she appeared in the web series The Jeannie Tate Show. She later appeared in films such as Mystery Team (2008), Funny People (2009), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Monsters University (2013), Dirty Grandpa (2016), and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016).

Aubrey is a native of Wilmington, Delaware, so she’s semi-local. There are more photos below the fold…

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While the college lacrosse season is in full swing, Kyle’s first game of the season is set for tomorrow afternoon. Thus, today’s services will revolve around lax bros.

Lacrosse is a team sport played with a lacrosse stick and a ball. Players use the head of the lacrosse stick to carry, pass, catch, and shoot the ball into the goal.

The sport has four versions that have different sticks, fields, rules and equipment: field lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse. The men’s games, field lacrosse (outdoor) and box lacrosse (indoor), are contact sports and all players wear protective gear: helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, and elbow pads. The women’s game does not allow body contact but does allow stick to stick contact. The only protective gear required for women players is eyegear, while goalies wear helmets and protective pads.

It is by far the greatest sport in the world; not that I’m biased or anything. There are more photos below the fold…

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After posting the Joker last week (aka Heath Ledger), I decided to make a change and go with Catwoman this week (aka Anne Hathaway).

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress and singer. One of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2015, she has received multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an Emmy. Her films have earned $6.4 billion, and she appeared in the Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2009.

Hathaway made her breakthrough as the protagonist in her debut film, the Disney comedy The Princess Diaries (2001). Hathaway made a transition to adult roles with the 2005 dramas Havoc and Brokeback Mountain. The comedy film The Devil Wears Prada (2006), in which she played an assistant to a fashion magazine editor, was her biggest commercial success to that point.

In 2012, Hathaway starred as Selina Kyle in her highest-grossing film The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment in The Dark Knight trilogy.

Hathaway is an actress, which means she is a leftist clown, but she is also plenty hot, which is the only reason she is getting play here. There are more photos below the fold…

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The past week has been spent pondering life and death, sorrow and remorse, and what awaits us in the afterlife. It’s part of the reason I wanted to honor a talent who passed away too soon: Heath Ledger.

Heathcliff Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and director. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight’s Tale (2001), Monster’s Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and The Dark Knight (2008). He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.

Ledger was a very good actor who went out on a career high note. His performance of the Joker in The Dark Knight was flawless.

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Last week while trolling my television listings, I noticed Wonder Woman was available on my free HBO. I heard good things, so I figured I’d give it a watch. It was actually a really good film. Thus, the inspiration for today’s Sunday Services: Gal Gadot.

Gal Gadot-Varsano (born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. She is primarily known for portraying Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and then the solo film Wonder Woman and the ensemble Justice League (both 2017). She previously starred as Gisele Yashar in three films in The Fast and the Furious film franchise.

Gadot was born and raised in Israel. At age 18 she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor. She began studying at IDC Herzliya college before pursuing modeling and acting.

Unlike the rest of the DC Universe (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman), Wonder Woman was solid – although the ending got a little too cartoony for me tastes. Gadot’s exquisite hotness salvaged it for me. There are more photos below the fold.

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Sunday Services are back, and it’s ladies night here at the Corral. Today’s profile is U.S. Olympic speed skater Joey Mantia.

Joey Mantia (born February 7, 1986) is an American speed skating Olympian, 28-time world champion, and world record holder. Apart from his world titles, he won two gold medals at the 2003 Pan American Games and a further gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games, and won the American Speed Skater of the Year award three times in a row, in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and the 2007 Elmer Ringeisen Sportsmanship Award.

As of January 7, 2010, Mantia held the world records for the road race over 500 m (38.6 seconds), 10,000 m (13 minutes, 46.801 seconds) and 20,000 m (28 minutes, 56.189 seconds), and the world records for the track race over 300 m (24.250 seconds) and 15,000 m (22 minutes, 32.644 seconds).

Mantia just barely missed out on a bronze medal in the 1000m yesterday. There are more photos below the fold…

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It’s ladies’ day at Sunday Services, so you women get a break from the constant Olympic babes. Today’s subject is Olympic-related: Steve Langton, American bobsledder.

Steven Daniel Langton (born April 15, 1983) is an American bobsledder who has competed since 2007. On February 19, 2012 Steven Langton with pilot Steven Holcomb won the two-man event at the 2012 FIBT World Championships in Lake Placid, New York. This victory marked the first time in the sport’s history an American sled had won the event. On February 26, 2012 Langton teamed with pilot Steven Holcomb and push athletes Justin Olsen and Curtis Tomasevicz to claim gold in the four-man event at the 2012 FIBT World Championships. With this victory, Holcomb and his crew became the first American team to win both the two-man and four-man events in the same world championships.

Langton attended Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating cum laude in 2006 with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. While at Northeastern, Langton competed in Athletics, excelling in both the 100 m and jumping events. His 100m best is 10.58 seconds.

Steve also dates U.S. short track speed skater Alyson Dudek. That’s a really good pull.

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