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Today’ services are a both a throwback, and a celebration of a birthday boy: actor Carl Weathers.

Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, George Dillon in Predator, Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky, and a fictionalized version of himself on the comedy series Arrested Development. As a football player, Weathers played for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League and the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

I’m not sure what kind of football player Weathers was, but the man is a fantastic actor.

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Sunday Services

I was torn about today’s installment of Sunday Services. I wanted to post Moira Kelly, an actress I absolutely crushed on after seeing her in The Cutting Edge. I eventually settled on Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead – a show I no longer watch – because today is her birthday.

Lauren Cohan (born January 7, 1982) is an English-American actress and model, best known for her role as Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead (2011–present). She is also known for her recurring roles on the television series Supernatural (2007–2008), Chuck (2011) and The Vampire Diaries (2010–2012), and in the comedy film Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (2006), and for her role as DC Comics character Martha Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Cohan was born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on January 7, 1982, the daughter of an American father and an English mother. She also has Irish, Norwegian, and Scottish ancestry. During her childhood, Cohan lived in Cherry Hill and, for one year, Georgia, before moving to England at age 13. The family settled in Surrey.

Lauren is one of those English actresses who can pull off a flawless American one. Not bad for a girl from Jersey.

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Today’s end-of-year Sunday Services focus upon a friend from across the pond: actor James McAvoy.

James McAvoy (born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in The Near Room (1995) and continued to make mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film career began. He continued to work in both areas from then on. His notable television work includes the drama show State of Play and the science fiction show Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.

Besides screen acting, McAvoy has performed in several West End productions and received three nominations for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He has also done voice work for animated films including Gnomeo & Juliet and Arthur Christmas (both 2011).

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During the December 10th edition of Sunday Services, Taminator said Joan Severance reminded him of Sela Ward. Thus the choice of today’s spotlight… on Sela Ward.

Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956) is an American actress, author, and producer, best known for her roles on television beginning in the early 1980s.

Her breakthrough TV role was as Teddy Reed in the NBC drama series Sisters (1991–96), for which she received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994. Ward later had the recurring role of Stacy Warner in the Fox medical drama House.

She also played supporting roles in films, including The Man Who Loved Women (1983), Nothing in Common (1986), Hello Again (1987), The Fugitive (1993), My Fellow Americans (1996), The Guardian (2006), and Gone Girl (2014).

In 2016, she played the President of the United States in the science fiction film Independence Day: Resurgence.

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With the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I wanted to post something timely for Sunday Services. Today’s post features Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac.

Oscar Isaac (March 9, 1979) is a Guatemalan-American actor and musician. He played lead film roles in the comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, the crime drama A Most Violent Year (2014), and Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. In 2006, he portrayed Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, in The Nativity Story.

He appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), as X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, and in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), as the titular mutant supervillain Apocalypse. He also headlined the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, which earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. In 2017 Isaac was described as the “best dang actor of his generation” by Vanity Fair.

The Force Awakens was a good film – yeah, shocking I would say that – and while Oscar was great in X-Men: Apocalypse, the film was just so-so.

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Since Kevin Spacey has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, I wanted to highlight his one-time acting counterpart Joan Severance… for all the right reasons.

Joan Marie Severance (born December 23, 1958) is an American actress and former fashion model.

In 1986, Severance began auditioning for acting bits at the urging of her friend Robin Leach. She made her debut in a small role in the first Lethal Weapon film in 1987. She was featured alongside Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in the 1989 comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and as Hulk Hogan’s love interest, Samantha N. Moore, in the wrestling film No Holds Barred (1989).

Her most notable role is as a villainess on the TV series Wiseguy, where she played half of a brother/sister crime team (the other half was played by Kevin Spacey) to great acclaim.

I highlight Wiseguy because it was my favorite television series of all time, bar none. It was one of the first prime-time series to run in “arcs,” where the series would follow a story to its conclusion, like a soap opera. Wiseguy was a launchpad for some stellar actors, most notably Spacey and Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks. And of course, the series introduced me to Joan.

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Sorry for the lateness of this post, but the Princess trumps any edition of Sunday Services. Today’s post focuses upon Cathy’s suggestion, UFC fighter Conor Mcgregor.

Conor Anthony McGregor (born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and professional boxer who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Featherweight Champion. As of 2017, McGregor is ranked 2nd on UFC’s pound for pound rankings.

In 2015, at UFC 194, he defeated José Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout thirteen seconds into the first round. This was the fastest victory in UFC title fight history. Upon defeating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.

McGregor has established himself as the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history as he has main-evented four out of the six highest selling pay-per-view events in UFC history. His headline bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 garnered the most buys ever for an MMA PPV event.

McGregor began his professional boxing career in 2017. In his debut boxing match, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. via technical knockout.

McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez – whose son played on Erik’s soccer team for a few seasons – so I was not a fan of Conor’s that evening. That said, this guy is a beast, and all he does is win.

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Okay, this week I confess my unpopular opinion: I am stark raving mad about Lauren Graham. The star of Gilmore Girls is not remarkable in any realt way, but to me, she is extraordinary in every possible way.

Lauren Helen Graham (born March 16, 1967) is an American actress and author. She is best recognized for her role as Lorelai Gilmore on the television series Gilmore Girls, for which she received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one Golden Globe nomination, and five Satellite Award nominations. She is also known for film roles in Sweet November, Bad Santa, and Evan Almighty. From 2010 to 2015, Graham starred as Sarah Braverman on the NBC drama Parenthood.

Graham published her debut novel in 2013, Someday, Someday, Maybe. She reprised her role as Lorelai Gilmore on Netflix’s reunion miniseries in 2016, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and published a memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between).

Mrs. Earp watches reruns of Gilmore Girls often, which affords me the opportunity to catch fleeting glimpses of Lauren and her exquisiteness. There are more photos below the fold…

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Today’s services revolve around Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the recently-released Justice League film.

Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979) is an American actor, model, and producer. He is known for his television roles as Ronon Dex on the military science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2004–2009) and as Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2012).

Momoa portrayed the title character in the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian (2011). He appeared as Aquaman in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League (2017). He is set to reprise the role in Aquaman in 2018, all of which are a part of the DC Extended Universe.

Early reviews have not been kind to Justice League, but I’m guessing women won’t flock to this film for the plot. As always, there are more photos below the fold…

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Today’s services center upon one of the most beautiful women in the world: Jennifer Connelly.

Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) made her debut in the 1984 crime film Once Upon a Time in America. Connelly continued modeling and acting, starring in films such as the 1985 horror film Phenomena, the 1986 film Labyrinth and the 1991 films Career Opportunities and The Rocketeer. She gained critical acclaim for her work in the 1998 science fiction film Dark City and for her portrayal of Marion Silver in the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream.

Jennifer is ageless, and looks better than she did twenty years ago. And by all accounts, she is a genuinely nice person. She also gets props for marrying Paul Bettany, who is a rather fine actor.

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