Thursday, 16 May 2013

THE BUZZ REPORT: Cannes opens with 'Gatsby' + Education minister stresses 'no condoms in schools'

The 66th Cannes Film Festival got underway in France on Wednesday with a blockbuster day of Steven Spielberg and Baz Lurhmann's The Great Gatsby, which opened the festival, running through May 26. Spielberg is heading the jury at the festival this year. 

The recently departed Dr. Joyce Robinson, a founding member of the Jamaica Library Association, has been hailed by her esteemed colleagues as a woman of integrity who has left an indelible legacy in Jamaican culture."She wasm first and foremost, a librarian, and she was always proud of this as her professional calling," says Matthew Blake, President of the Library Industry Association of Jamaica (LIAJA). "As a library administrator, she made an outstanding contribution to the development of library institutions and became the dominant figure in librarianship in Jamaica. As such, she has left an indelible mark on the profession at national and international levels." 

"Let's be clear, we will not be grooming children towards same-sex unions, and we will not be distributing condoms in schools," said Education minister Ronald Thwaites on Wednesday, explaining that a positive, values-laden, and age-appropriate Health and Family Life Curriculum has been revised by a broad-based working group for use in all schools. "Restraint must be taught by example and precept. Sex education, yes. Condoms, no." 

An estimable cast has been assembled to breathe life into a new adaptation of Into The Woods, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical about interwoven fairytales. The roster already includes the likes of Meryl Streep (as The Witch), James Corden (The Baker), Johnny Depp (The Wolf), Anna Kendrick (Cinderella), and Allison Janney (Jack's mother). Jake Gyllenhaal (Cinderella's Prince) and Star Trek's Chris Pine (Rapunzel's Prince) are reportedly in talks to join the cast. Disney has announced that Rob Marshall (Chicago) is set to direct the film, due out sometime in 2014.

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