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Netflix + Dinner: What to Watch in June

It’s that exciting time when Netflix releases what it has in store for the month. Here’s what to stream on Netflix for the month of June. Oh, and we’ve also paired each movie with a tasty meal or drink to make your movie viewing experience even better.

Biutiful

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Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Biutiful stars Javier Bardem as a dying father of two children. As his death draws near, his only goal is to find a suitable caretaker for his kids. The drama, nominated for two Oscars, represented Mexico in the Best Foreign Language Film category and garnered Bardem his third Oscar nom. The film will be available to stream until June 28.

Dinner: Since the movie was primarily shot in Spain, how about munching on a seafood paella con un vinito blanco.

Godzilla

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

This 2014 monster movie, available to stream until June 30, retells the origin of Godzilla in modern times. The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Dominican newcomer Victor Rasuk.

Dinner: For snack options, consider foods from any of the locations featured in the movie, such as Hawaii, the Philippines, San Francisco and Las Vegas. We suggest some finger-licking Filipino ribs with a sweet and tangy sauce.

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Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour

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In search of something to watch with your gal pals or kids? Well, there’s good ol’ Katy Perry. Her third world tour, “Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour” has been turned into a movie and gives fans behind-the-scenes access and eye-popping performances. The movie will be available to stream on June 26.

Dinner: In the spirit of fun, give yourself the green light to indulge on some sweet treats like energizing date balls or paletas de manzana.

Rosewater

Photo Credit: Open Road Films

If you’re unsure what to stream on Netflix, try any Gael Garcia Bernal movie. Starting June 10, you’ll be able to enjoy his latest film Rosewater, directed by TV host Jon Stewart. The film, based on a true story, recounts the imprisonment of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari.

Dinner: To complement your viewing experience, we recommend a few Persians dishes like ghormeh sabzi (persian herb stew) or joojeh kabab (grilled saffron chicken).

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Enough

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

In need of some action? Jennifer Lopez provides all the kicking and punching you could ask for in the crime thriller Enough. Lopez plays a young mother on the run from her abusive husband. Things get heated when she finally decides to fight back.

Dinner: With J. Lo in mind, and her Puerto Rican roots, consider having some arroz con gandules.

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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