Manchurian Candidate: Which Version is Better? Frank Sinatra or Denzel Washington?

Manchurian Candidate: Which Version is Better? Frank Sinatra or Denzel Washington?
The 1962 film the Manchurian Candidate is a certified classic. The political thriller was so good that it earned the best tribute it could get. A remake. In 2004, Denzel Washington took on the role originally played by Frank Sinatra.

There was of course some updating in the remake, some new tweets, and lots of color. But the original black and white, still holds it own. So which one is better and what has been said in comparing the two films?Most film fans who were familiar with the original political thriller tend to side with the 1962 version. But under the direction of Johnathan Demme with a cast that included along side Denzel the likes of Meryl Streep and Liev Schreilber, they do a fabulous job. It’s a strong piece of cinema that comes as a fresher, bright version of the dark and foreboding original.

Which version do you prefer?

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Sarah Lane, Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' Body Double, Claims She's The Victim Of A Cover-Up

Sarah Lane, Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' Body Double, Claims She's The Victim Of A Cover-Up
The ballerina who served as a dancing double for Natalie Portman's Oscar-winnning role in Black Swan tells EW she has been the victim of a "cover-up" to mislead the public about how much dancing Portman actually did in the film. "Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie," says Sarah Lane...

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Cherry Blossom Festival 2011 | Cherry Blossom Festival | Tribute To Japan Victims

Cherry Blossom Festival 2011 Kicks Off With Solemn Tribute To Japan Victims

The flowering trees that symbolize friendship between the United States and Japan are blooming for the 99th time in Washington in the wake of one of the world's worst natural disasters.

Before the two-week National Cherry Blossom Festival opens Saturday, organizers held a fundraising walk and vigil Thursday evening among the trees for victims of Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami. An estimated 18,000 people have been killed in the disaster.

Several hundred people gathered at the Washington Monument on a cold evening, some holding Japanese flags or signs of support.

Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki told the crowd that his country needs help.

"Everything started on what I call 3/11 – earthquake, tsunami and nuclear incident – and we are still struggling," he said. "This is a very tough fight, but the consolation is people around the world are trying to be with us."

Fujisaki said the U.S. sent one of the first rescue teams and military support.

"Really, we need your assistance, and you're giving that to us," he said.

After a gathering and moment of silence, the ambassador joined a crowd in walking to the cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin, holding glow sticks. Donation bins lined the sidewalk to benefit American Red Cross relief efforts.

Toshiko Saidel of Maryland brought her three daughters to support the nation where she was born. "A lot of people are suffering right now," she said. "We just want them to know we support them."

Seven-year-old Maya Saidel said she has started a toy drive at her suburban Maryland school for students to support children in Japan.

"I'm guessing there's going to be a lot of toys," she said, adding that she will ask for more donations Friday during morning announcements at school.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia in Congress, said the cherry blossoms will be a reminder of Japan's resiliency. She said the Washington festival also will rally support.

"This year, the cherry blossoms will remind the world to stand for Japan," Norton said.

"It's important that we're taking time to reflect," said festival director Diana Mayhew. The celebration is a symbol of spring each year and now of the rebirth and rebuilding for Japan, she said.

"Our relationship with Japan is at the heart," she said.

Fujisaki told The Associated Press he is grateful for such support from U.S. residents, though he declined to ask for further donations. It's too soon to know how Japan will pay to rebuild the country as the government is still focused on search and rescue, basic human needs and its nuclear reactors, he said.

"I am very grateful that American people are voluntarily extending their hands," Fujisaki said. "This is really an impressive show of goodwill."

Contributions for relief efforts have lagged behind fundraising totals in the days after Haiti's earthquake and after Hurricane Katrina to this point, according to a tally by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The cherry blossom tradition began with a gift of trees from Japan in 1912. Then-first lady Helen Taft and the wife of Japan's ambassador planted the first two trees. About 100 of the original 3,000 trees are still growing, while thousands of others have been replaced or grown from the original trees' genetic line.

During World War II, the festival was suspended. Some trees were vandalized in those years, according to National Park Service records. After the war, the festival grew as Japan rebuilt and a Washington group was formed to stage the festival each year.

The festival draws about 1 million visitors and has become big business for Washington's tourism industry. Nearly half the visitors travel from out of town, according to the city's tourism bureau. A study of last year's festival shows it generated about $126 million in hotel stays and other revenue.

For the first time this year, the festival partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to help people plant their own cherry blossom trees in their yards, touting their value to birds, bees and other wildlife.

Money raised will go to American Red Cross relief efforts. Festival sponsors Safeway and Macy's each announced $100,000 donations to the fund Wednesday.

Many of Washington's 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees that circle the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial were beginning to bloom Thursday morning. The National Park Service has predicted they'll be in peak bloom next Tuesday through Friday.

"Nothing is in full bloom yet," said Park Service spokesman Bill Line, who noted that cold overnight temperatures in recent days would preserve the flowers longer – unless any storms bring strong winds that can blow them away.

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Vettel Dominate Formula One | Vettel Dominates First Qualifying of the Season

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Vettel Dominate, First Qualifying of the Formula One Season

Vettel Dominates First Qualifying of the Season

Saying that it was a surprise to see Sebastian Vettel score the pole position today in Melbourne at the first qualifying session of the year would not be accurate. On the other hand, judging by the sounds of peoples’ reactions to just how blisteringly fast the reigning world champion went and by how much he destroyed the competition, few people expected such domination.

Vettel set a lap time of .8 seconds faster in his Red Bull than the second man on the grid, Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren Mercedes, while Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber was third fastest, but .9 seconds slower than his teammate.

“Starting the season that way is how you want to,” said Vettel.

But he said it does not mean that he is going to dominate the race by the same degree.

“With the new tires it’s a bit racing into the unknown,” Vettel said. And indeed, the way the cars and teams react with the new Pirelli tires in the first race of the season could change everything. It could lead to unpredictable pit stops, and greater tire wear on certain cars than on others.

But Vettel’s performance was nevertheless extraordinary. And Webber was the first to admit it. He had only been hundredths of seconds off his teammate here last year, now he was nearly a second slower.

“Couldn’t get the times today,” said Webber. “I’m really disappointed.”

But Vettel’s pole position was far from the only story worth telling in this first qualifying session of the year. Hamilton clearly also did a great lap to sneak his McLaren Mercedes between the two Red Bulls, and his teammate, Jenson Button, was fourth fastest. So clearly the McLarens are doing better than winter testing indicated they would.

But the big stories of qualifying were particularly that the two HRT team cars failed to make it to within 107 percent of the lap times of the leading car in the first qualifying session. As a result, they will not take part in tomorrow’s race. The rule returned this year after nearly a decade, and HRT and its drivers – Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan – have become the first and immediate casualties.

At the Lotus Renault team, Nick Heidfeld failed to set a fast enough time to move out of the first qualifying session. Heidfeld qualified only 18th, while his teammate, Vitaly Petrov, qualified sixth. When we consider that Petrov was so often slower than his teammate, Robert Kubica, last year, we can only imagine where Kubica would have placed the other car had he been here this year. Kubica, of course, was replaced by Heidfeld this year after Kubica was seriously injured in a rally accident over the winter.

And despite Michael Schumacher returning for his second season after retirement in a car that was designed with more of his input over the winter, the German failed to make it to the final session, qualifying in his Mercedes only 11th while his teammate, Nico Rosberg, qualified seventh. But Schumacher’s final lap was valiant, as he made it just in time to try a final surge and just failed to make it to the final session by 0.089 seconds behind Sebastien Buemi in the Toro Rosso. (Buemi qualified in a fabulous 10th position.)

I predict that the race will be just as exciting as this exceptional qualifying session. At least I hope it will! Vettel could just run away with the whole show.

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Marquette University | Marquette University will offer ‘domestic-partner’ benefits – Catholic Culture

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Earth Hour | Cities Around The World Go Dark

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Earth Hour, All Cities Go Dark

Earth Hour 2011: Cities Around The World Go Dark Saturday

Celebrating its 5th birthday, Earth Hour is back again. Join people in thousands of cities worldwide when lights are shut off for an entire hour at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

Earth Hour, organized by WWF, started in 2007 in Australia, with 2.2 million people and 2,000 businesses shutting off their lights for an hour in a stand against climate change. Just one year later, Earth Hour had become a global event with 50 million people participating across the globe, according to Earth Hour's website. 2010 was the biggest Earth Hour yet, with a record 128 countries and territories participating. Now lend your support to make 2011 even bigger!

Check out Earth Hour on to see events happening in your area. And remember, you don't have to be a part of a big group to join the action -- it's as simple as turning off your lights for one hour!

In the meantime, check out some amazing photos below of iconic landmarks around the world shutting down their lights for last year's Earth Hour.

A combo shows the Eiffel tower submerging into darkness at 8:30 pm (local time) on March 27, 2010, in Paris as part of the Earth Hour switch-off, which comes just months after disappointing UN climate talks in Copenhagen. Global landmarks from Sydney's Opera House to the Forbidden City, to the glittering Las Vegas Strip, will be plunged into darkness at 0930 GMT during an hour as activists bid to reinvigorate the climate change fight.

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