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Mike Julianelle

Mike lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two children, and increasing dependence on alcohol. Find him on dadandburied.com and its associated social channels (FB, IG, Twitter) and be ready for him to mock his kids, himself, and maybe even you.

Father Figures: Ironman

“I’m currently battling terminal brain cancer and I’m not backing down. Despite my diagnosis I decided to attempt an Ironman triathlon and dedicate my race to my daughter.

A month after my second brain surgery I started radiation and chemotherapy… and I started training for Ironman.

My first radiation treatment left me feeling nauseous and fatigued but I made a promise to myself, so I pushed through the uncomfortable feelings and went to the gym and ran a mile on the treadmill. Each day I went in for radiation and chemo treatments I also went for a run.

After 5 weeks of treatment I worked myself up to running 20 miles a day. My radiation treatment was over, but my chemotherapy was stepping up a notch. So I stepped my training up.

I learned how to swim competitively and how to cycle efficiently. By the end of one year worth of chemotherapy I had trained my body to be able to attempt a full distance Ironman – 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, and 26.2 miles of running… all in under 17 hours if possible.

Training while undergoing cancer treatment was difficult. Pushing my body to race 140.6 miles was extra challenging due to the many side effects of chemotherapy. However, if my daughter was going to see me knocked down by brain cancer I wanted her to see me get up, find strength and press on.

I wasn’t sure if my body was going to be able to make it the full distance, but for my daughter’s sake I had to try.

When I crossed the finish line in under 14 hours, seeing her made everything worth it. I had nothing to prove, but I had an example I needed to set.

At the finish line I looked my daughter in the eyes and said, ‘If I can do it, you can do it. Dream big and never give up hope. Find strength and press on.'”

– Jay Hewitt

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On Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 10:23 AM Mike Julianelle wrote:
“I’m currently battling terminal brain cancer and I’m not backing down. Despite my diagnosis I decided to attempt an Ironman triathlon and dedicate my race to my daughter.

A month after my second brain surgery I started radiation and chemotherapy… and I started training for Ironman.

My first radiation treatment left me feeling nauseous and fatigued but I made a promise to myself, so I pushed through the uncomfortable feelings and went to the gym and ran a mile on the treadmill. Each day I went in for radiation and chemo treatments I also went for a run.

After 5 weeks of treatment I worked myself up to running 20 miles a day. My radiation treatment was over, but my chemotherapy was stepping up a notch. So I stepped my training up. I learned how to swim competitively and how to cycle efficiently. By the end of one year worth of chemotherapy I had trained my body to be able to attempt a full distance Ironman – 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, and 26.2 miles of running… all in under 17 hours if possible.

Training while undergoing cancer treatment was difficult. Pushing my body to race 140.6 miles was extra challenging due to the many side effects of chemotherapy. However, if my daughter was going to see me knocked down by brain cancer I wanted her to see me get up, find strength and press on. I wasn’t sure if my body was going to be able to make it the full distance, but for my daughter’s sake I had to try.

When I crossed the finish line in under 14 hours, seeing her made everything worth it. I had nothing to prove, but I had an example I needed to set. At the finish line I looked my daughter in the eyes and said, ‘If I can do it, you can do it. Dream big and never give up hope. Find strength and press on.'”

– Jay Hewitt

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According to Twitter, Dr. Dre’s Next Album Features Eminem and It’s Almost Here

Dr Dre's New Album with Eminem
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2020 hasn’t provided us with a lot of good news. It’s been a pretty consistent shit show. Movies we were anticipating got moved, concerts we would have loved to have gone to got canceled, restaurants and bars were completely closed for much of the year.

But we have had a few decent developments in the entertainment world, from cool castings to cool trailers to cool movies that landed on TVs before we expected them to. And now there’s news of a new album from an old favorite or two.

Dr. Dre’s latest LP won’t come out in 2020, but learning that it’s complete, and seems to feature his protege Eminem, counts as a win for this terrible year.

Detroit rapper Page Kennedy has the inside scoop, and he let it loose on Twitter, tweeting, “This Dr. Dre album sounding [fire emojis]” he wrote. “Hope y’all get to hear.”

And then, when another person asked about Eminem’s next album, Kennedy dropped more news:

“Wait, also need to know when is Em dropping his…please,” a fan wrote, to which Kennedy replied: “Well he def on this one lol.”

No date yet on when Dre’s follow-up to 2015’s Compton will drop, but these hints from Kennedy bode well for fans of Dre, Eminem, and former presidential candidate Kanye West, who tweeted earlier this year that Eminem is actually featured on the album’s remix of one of his tracks was on the album.

“Eminem Thank you for rapping on the Dr. Dre remix of my daughter’s favorite song of mine USE THIS GOSPEL,” tweeted West.

Rap fans have something to be thankful for this holiday season. Hopefully, we get the actual album before Easter!

Ryan Reynolds Records Over 400 Videos to Thank Movie Crew

Ryan thanks cast of red notice
(Instagram/vancityreynolds)

The pandemic has given us all a lot more free time.

When we were quarantined, we caught up on our favorite shows and binged new sensations like The Last Dance and Tiger King. But now it’s months later, and we’re just about out of TV to watch. And if you work in show business, odds are you don’t even have any work to do, as most productions have been shut down. One person that’s kept us entertained is Ryan Reynolds. If he’s not trolling Hugh Jackman for charity he’s sending a heartwarming video message to a fan.

Luckily for Ryan Reynolds, one of his movies was recently able to finish production, after having been shut down in March, and the star knows how challenging it was for everyone to get it done. So despite being busier than many actors, he used some of his free time over Thanksgiving to show his gratitude for the people who make his job easier.

Reynolds posted a photo on Instagram to celebrate the wrap of his film Red Notice, which co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot, acknowledging how difficult it was for the actors and the crew to film under extreme conditions.

 

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But he didn’t just post to social media. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds recorded over 400 messages to thank each member of his crew for their hard work and sacrifice. he thanked them and their families for enduring the months of isolation necessary to safely complete the film.

He even thanked their dogs.

“I made videos for their dogs,” he said. “Morale was so low because everyone was in lockdown. They couldn’t go anywhere but work or the hotel. In some cases, their families were at home less than a mile away. I can’t imagine that kind of longing.”

When the movie ended, he also made sure every member of the crew left with a bottle of his Aviation Gin, (no word on whether or not it was the homeschool edition) and a personalized note.

“Awesome group of people,” he said. “What they did was so hard.”

He’s pretty awesome too.

The Office Leaving Netflix for Peacock With New Material

The Office leaving Netflix
(Netflix)

All good things must come to an end. Over the past few years, The Office has had a major resurgence. It’s not that the show wasn’t beloved when it was on the air for its 7 seasons – it was one of the biggest shows on television throughout its run. But after it ended, and was harder to get a hold of, people moved on, as people do.

And then it appeared on Netflix, where, like Friends, another NBC megahit, it caught on with an entire generation who hadn’t experienced it live. Suddenly the world was awash in Office memes and Office jokes and Office Buzzfeed articles and podcasts by Pam and Kevin. Superfans even created highly detailed LEGO sets. There is no denying that Netflix was good to the Dunder-Mifflin crew.

Alas, The Office’s time on the popular streaming service is coming to an end.

Netflix announced that the show will be leaving its platform on December 31st. But don’t despair! The sitcom isn’t leaving the world of streaming, it’s just changing homes.

As of January 1st, 2021, The Office will only be accessible on Peacock, NBC’s new streaming service. And it will feature new material!

Over the summer, Matt Strauss, the chairman of Peacock and NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, promised that when the beloved sitcom lands on Peacock, it will feature elements that were never aired before.

“We will be reintroducing ‘The Office’ in a more complete way, incorporating elements that were not part of the original broadcast,” Strauss told Bloomberg.

We’re not entirely sure what he means – but speculation is that there will be extended episodes, and perhaps extras or bloopers that were included on DVD sets, or deleted scenes – but something tells me Office fans will be scrolling past Netflix and hopping onto Peacock to find out.

Well well well, how the turntables…

Marvel and Mark Ruffalo Honor Chadwick Boseman on His 44th Birthday

MCU honors chadwick on birthday
(Twitter/Kevfeige)

It’s only been a few months since the world was stunned by Chadwick Boseman’s sudden passing. Sudden to us, at least, as we were unaware of his four-year battle with cancer.

On November 29th, Boseman would have celebrated his 44th birthday. Instead, the world mourned him anew, as he was the subject of several tributes.

Marvel announced that they had changed the design of their opening credits to pay tribute to the fallen Black Panther star. The new opening, which typically shows pages of comics turning, now ends with images of Black Panther concept art, followed by shots of Boseman in Civil War, Infinity War, and Endgame.

We also hear one of T’Challa’s quotes – “In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.” – before the credits wrap up with the star giving the Wakanda salute.

Marvel Studios head honcho, Kevin Feige, shared the studio’s new opening, adding “miss you” to his tweet:

Feige wasn’t the only colleague of Chadwick’s who chimed in. Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, posted a video of
a previous birthday celebration that was held on-set.

 

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In the months since his passing, it’s clear that Boseman not only meant a lot to the on-screen marvel universe but to the off-screen one as well. And not just Marvel. Boseman’s final performance, in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which hits Netflix this December, is garnering major Oscar buzz, signaling that the actor may receive a posthumous award next spring.

It’s a tragedy that someone so beloved and so talented had his career cut short by cancer, but judging by the birthday tributes and award buzz, it’s clear the star won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

Chadwick forever!

The Monolith Disappeared From Utah – and Reappears in Romania

Monolith in Romania
(YouTube/UFO GOD)

Last week, a strange silver structure appeared in the Utah desert. It was spotted by some state workers who were doing a patrol in their helicopter, and it immediately brought to mind the nefarious black monolith that features in Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction classic 2001.

The monolith is a 12-feet tall slab of stainless steel standing out of the ground somewhere south of Moab. At least, it was. Almost before we were able to fire off a few jokes about apes and bones and Hal and star babies, the monolith disappeared!

Upon realizing it was gone – when the pilot that found it was flying by to show it to a friend – the agency that discovered the monolith quickly released a statement.

“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith’ has been removed from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands by an unknown party,” the agency said in a statement. “The BLM did not remove the structure which is considered private property.”

All that’s left in the spot where the monolith stood is a pile of rocks and… a tiny metal pyramid

The monolith’s sudden appearance and disappearance are definitely strange, but it’s nowhere near as strange as the fact that it seems to have suddenly reappeared. In Romania!

According to LADbible a very similar monolith to the one in Utah has emerged on a hillside in Romania, near the Petrodava Dacian Fortress.

Neamt Culture and Heritage official Rocsana Josanu said: “We have started looking into the strange appearance of the monolith. It is on private property, but we still don’t know who the monolith’s owner is yet. It is in a protected area on an archaeological site. Before installing something there, they needed permission from our institution, one that must then be approved by the Ministry of Culture.”

Not sure the aliens got the memo. Stay tuned for more on the mysterious monolith as it comes, or goes?

Father Figures: Twice the Dad

“I know Alfie questions if he’s a good dad every single day and I wish he could see himself the way I do.

Alfie came from a fatherless home and had to build his ideal dad characteristics on the fly; pulling pieces from his friends’ dads, tv dads, and other male role models he had growing up. Watching him grow and come into his own as a father has been a true privilege.

We are a ‘yours, mine, and ours’ family but you’d never know it from the outside – he has 5 children and nobody could ever convince him otherwise! He is their fiercest supporter in everything they do.

The fire in Alfie as he introduces our kids to his hobbies is contagious. I can’t help but get amped up myself when he’s teaching them how to paint miniatures, how to play a new game, or discussing the ins and outs of the Marvel universe.

Alfie, I wish you knew that you’re at least TWICE the dad you think you are.”

– Angela Sowl

2001 Has Finally Arrived: Strange Metal Monolith Discovered in Utah

Monolith in Utah
(Department of Public Safety)

After everything else that’s happened in 2020 (new “footage” of the Loch Ness Monster, an alien task force), would it be all that surprising if it ended with a giant star baby?

That’s the question many people are asking after a strange structure, reminiscent of something out of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark science-fiction classic 2001, was spotted deep in the Utah desert.

According to CNN, a team from the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Aero division was floating around southeastern Utan in their helicopter when they spotted an unusual object sticking out of the ground.

“One of the biologists … spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings said. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there — we’ve got to go look at it!'”

“It” is a piece of silver metal, about 10-12 feet high, and, according to Hutchings, it looked like it had been deliberately placed there, rather than having sprouted. The structure immediately brought to mind the large black monolith that features in 2001 and causes some strange reactions in both primates and humans.

Thankfully, neither Hutchings nor his fellow team members were suddenly compelled to fashion weapons and attack each other. Nor does Hutchings attribute anything especially bizarre to the silver monolith’s presence

“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) fan,” he speculated. As opposed to, ya know, an alien. But the pilot wasn’t taking any chances.

“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,” Hutchings said.

You can check out a photo gallery and even a few videos of the incident at the Department of Public SafetyDepartment of Public Safety.

Release the 3-Hour Cut of ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ and We’ll be Thankful

#ReleaseTheHughesCut
(YouTube/ Hats Off Entertainment)

One of the best Thanksgiving perks is the long weekend it creates, if you’re lucky enough to have the Friday after the holiday off from work. Sometimes, the entire week is slower than usual at the office, leaving families with plenty of time to bond, eat, and watch movies. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many Thanksgiving-themed movies. I always make sure to watch The Last Waltz, the classic concert film that was filmed on Thanksgiving (a bit of a stretch but it works), and this year we added Planes, Trains and Automobiles to the mix.

The late-80s road trip buddy comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy is funny, real, and a little sad, a combination director John Hughes does well. It’s also only 90 minutes, which, these days, seems like a rarity, and is a little disappointing. We need more Thanksgiving movies – or at least a longer version of this one.

If this story about a dad’s ill-fated attempt to get from NYC to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving dinner were made today, it would probably be at least two hours.

Especially considering that Hughes left so much material on the cutting room floor. Another entire movie’s worth, apparently! And now the internet wants to #ReleasetheHughesCut of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Earlier this week, Hats Off Entertainment posted a video to their YouTube Channel in which outtakes, still photos, and more are combined to recreate some of the missing material from the 3 hours and 40-minute version of the movie that was originally shot.

Check it out, and join the growing chorus of people who want to #ReleasetheHughesCut. Especially if there’s a longer scene of Steve Martin cussing out Mrs. Poole!

‘Family Ties’ Cast Reunites To Reminisce and Speculate if Show Could Work Today

Family Ties Cast Reunion
(YouTube/Stars In The House)

This may sound shocking to many of you, but years ago, way back in the 1980s, people with different political opinions could actually get along. Even people in the same family!

This was so common that there was even a TV show about it. Several, in fact! First, we had All in the Family, in which an incorrigible racist slowly broadens his worldview when he learns to empathize with other people, and in the 80s we had the delightful comedy Family Ties, in which a couple of hippies find themselves raising a charismatic young Reaganite.

That Reaganite (he was a big Nixon fan too) was Michael J. Fox, and his role as Alex P. Keaton on the popular sitcom launched a stardom that lasted decades and even persisted through his fight with Parkinson’s Disease. Fox is making the media rounds to promote his latest book, and he recently reunited with the cast of Family Ties.

Fox and fellow cast members Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Tina Yothers, Brian Bonsall, Marc Price, and Scott Valentine gathered on the YouTube show Stars in the House to raise money for the Actor’s Fund. While there, they discussed memories from their days on the show, and whether or not it could work in a world of MAGA hats and BLM supporters.

“I just want to say one thing and that is, I loved the time that we were together,” said Gross, 73, who played patriarch Steven Keaton. “That was, I think as you’ll all agree, a kinder, gentler politics, when Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan could sit down over a glass of Irish whiskey and these two guys could hammer out compromises. And it was a great time. In the same way, we hammered out our compromises in the family and I think that’s one of the things that people loved about us.”

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Father Figures: Caretaker

“My husband John is father to our three girls. Ages 5, 3, and 1!

He is a grilling connoisseur, an avid World of Warcraft player, king to three beautiful princesses, and an amazing husband.

He is an only child and has taken on the role of caretaker of his dad as well. He has been working from home since Covid started and takes care of our kids while I work at the hospital.

I’m so blessed with how much he steps up for our family.”

– Amber Sroka

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Netflix Pulls ‘Chappelle’s Show’ at Dave’s Request

Chappelle Nixes Netflix Stream
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Say what you want about Dave Chappelle, he’s never been afraid of standing up for himself, or for what he believes in.

The comedian’s courage and fearlessness in speaking truth to power has been on display in his standup and television series for decades. The most famous example of his willingness to put his money where his mouth coming when he skipped out on Chappelle’s Show when things got to be too much for him.

It seems he’s not done dealing with the ramifications of that decision, nor is he done speaking out about it.

Recently, the comedian’s pioneering sketch show, Chappelle’s Show started streaming on Netflix. We rejoiced because more access to that subversive and hilarious series is a good thing. But not to Dave. Not when the show that bears his name is no longer his.

Chappelle posted an 18-minute video to his Instagram, featuring him performing stand-up and speaking specifically about the fact that Viacom, who owns his show, sold the rights to Netflix and he didn’t see a penny. He doesn’t blame Netflix, with whom he’s established a good relationship over the past few years. But he did ask them to remove the series from its platform.

“They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle said in the video. “But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either. That’s why I like working for Netflix. I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were streaming ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ I was furious. How could they not– how could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better.”

Not wanting to jeopardize their relationship, and perhaps simply respecting Dave’s wishes, Netflix has obliged and removed The Chappelle Show from its service. Our loss, for sure, but the right thing to do. He may not get paid for it anymore, but there’s no denying that Chappelle’s Show is Dave Chappelle’s show. Good on Netflix.

I hope you still have your DVDs.

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Father Figures: Stronger

“My two-year-old James is stronger than I will ever be.

Two days after he was born, the doctors detected a heart murmur in our little guy. After some tests and imaging, it was determined that James had a ventricular septal defect (VSD), a common type of congenital heart defect.

However, James’s defect was rare. It was right next to his pulmonary artery and aortic valves which made it very unlikely for it to close on its own like so many do. We were also told that he probably will not grow, will have trouble eating, will most likely have a NG tube, and will need open heart surgery before he was four months old to save his life.

Mom and I were devastated. As brand new parents, we had just been told our perfect newborn wasn’t perfect; that’s how we felt, at least.

We felt the need to explain it to everyone he met, and felt ashamed of ourselves if we didn’t. We went to therapy, my wife and I sobbed for weeks. We lived in fear, wondering, ‘when will the symptoms start to show up?’

We absolutely dreaded the thought of open heart surgery.

As time went on, we never saw any signs or symptoms. James grew, ate, hit milestone after milestone. Tests started to come back more and more promising. We were told he may actually avoid surgery. We were ecstatic. Until his latest appointment with his cardiologist.

They found that his heart had enlarged past safe ranges and the pressure in his lungs was growing and could cause permanent damage if left untreated. All of a sudden, open heart surgery was a sure thing. Something that we had dreaded for two years was going to happen.

We got referred to University of Michigan’s children’s hospital and within a month we were there, preparing to send James into surgery. The hardest moment of my entire life was the moment when the nurses wheeled my son’s hospital bed away from me and told me I couldn’t go with him any further. I broke down, right there, in the middle of the pre-op lobby.

After about 4 hours, the surgeon came into the waiting lounge and delivered to us the best news we had ever gotten. James did amazing. His defect is repaired, there were zero complications, he is breathing, and his heart is beating on its own.

Our baby boy was perfect again.

It’s been one week since James’ surgery; he is recovering ahead of schedule and doing great.

I will never take being a dad for granted. James is the best teacher I’ve ever had, and he’s stronger than I’ll ever be.

It’s hard being a dad, especially when your two-year-old has a really big ouchie on his chest and doesn’t understand why. I figure, maybe if Dada has an ouchie too it won’t matter anymore. Dada’s ouchie is sound-waves of us singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ together like we do every night before bed.

I will always have your back, James.”

– Brenden Schlott

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