Popular culture is in the grip of vampire mania. With “ The Vampire Diaries ,” “ True Blood ” and “ The Gates ” on television and the latest chapter of “The Twilight Saga” in movie theaters, it’s a wonder there’s enough hemoglobin to go around.
Henning Mankell , the Swedish author of crime novels featuring the detective Kurt Wallander, said Israel committed an act of piracy and kidnapping by attacking aid-laden ships headed for Gaza in international waters.
It is lucky enough when a replacement cast can match the original one; it is more than serendipitous when the newcomers surpass their predecessors. That is the case with “A Little Night Music,” which resumes after a recess, with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch taking over for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury , respectively.
Woody Allen ’s “Midnight in Paris,” which features a cameo appearance by French first lady Carla Bruni , is the opening movie of the Cannes Film Festival , which starts on May 11, the event’s organizers said today.