Bestselling author Claudia Gray's "Star Wars: Bloodline," which hit store shelves this week, tells the story of Princess/General Leia Organa in her various roles and titles in the Star Wars universe.
The novel, which is set roughly in the time gap between "Return of the Jedi" (1983) and "The Force Awakens" (2015), finds Leia, a senator in the New Republic, in charge of investigating a new threat to the fledgling government. As she deals with this criminal/terrorist menace, her husband, Han, a starship racer, jets off with Chewie to distant galaxies. Ben, her son, is elsewhere with his uncle Luke, Leia's twin brother, from whom he is learning the ways of the Force.
On top of all these familial connections, it is Leia's relationship with her late father, Darth Vader, that the popular senator must deal with in "Bloodline." more >>
New Zealand-born evangelist and creationist Ray Comfort, co-host of the "The Way of the Master" TV show, has said he will give the thousands of atheists attending the Reason Rally 2016 in Washington D.C. on June 4 $25,000 worth of Subway gift cards, alongside a copy of his book.
"Most atheists don't know that there's never been an atheist president, that no member of Congress is an atheist, that in some states it's illegal for atheists to run for office, and that recent surveys show atheists in America are about as popular as rapists. It's a fascinating read," Comfort said of the book, titled Why Pigs Will Fly Before America Has an Atheist President.
As for the gift cards that his Living Waters ministry will also be giving out, Comfort added: "The $25,000 worth of gift cards are a little something for them to chew on (we are hoping to feed 5,000 — it's been done before). more >>
The special one-night event, "Come to the Garden – On Stage!", which emphasizes the importance of heavenly beings, is being brought to the big screen by Fathom Events and Eakin Films on May 3. The son of three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith, Tyler Michael Smith, opened up to The Christian Post about his involvement in the project, his belief in angels and the impact his father has made on his life.
"I obviously grew up in a musical home. My dad being Michael W. Smith, he's been doing music since before I was born, so I was definitely born into it. It was always just a normal part of my life," Smith told CP.
Starting as early as age 5 with piano lessons, the successful composer has made music for a variety of different companies including Sony Pictures, Carmike Cinemas, Coca-Cola, and Cinemacon. He credits his love for making music to his father. more >>
Actress and former Church of Scientology member Leah Remini recently defended the decision of Ron Miscavige to write a tell-all book about the current head of the controversial sect.
Titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me and slated for release in May, the book was coauthored by Dan Koon.
In an interview with ABC News, Remini argued that Ron Miscavige "has a right to tell his story" even if it offends Scientology's leadership. more >>
Japanese manga series "Hunter X Hunter," one of the more popular manga series published on Weekly Shonen Jump, is taking a week off because of Japan's Golden Week holiday so the next chapter of the series will not be coming out until next week. According to a report in Yibada, Chapter 352 is much-awaited by fans as they will likely find out who will be coming out victorious from the battle between Chrollo Lucifer and Hisoka.
In the previous chapter, Lucifer and Hisoka were already battling it out at the Sky Tower. The battle finally happened after Hisoka's pursuit of Lucifer in order for this match to occur. According to another report in Christian Times, Lucifer finally got tired of Hisoka hunting him down, thus giving way to this fight. Lucifer is the leader of the terrifying Spiders group, while Hisoka is a former Spider member. Both of them are considered to be skilled fighters and hunters.
During the fight, it was clear that Lucifer had the advantage in terms of fighting techniques, although Hisoka managed to block some of these moves. Towards the end of the fight however, Lucifer was at a great advantage and was about to deal a great blow to Hisoka. more >>
Japanese manga series "One Piece" is on a break this week because of Japan's Golden Week holiday and is returning with Chapter 825 next week. Spoilers for the upcoming chapter are many, with fans of the series posting their own spoilers and predictions on fan forums and the like.
According to a report in Hall of Fame Magazine, one of the spoilers pertain to the relationship or alliance between the leader of the Straw Hats, Monkey D. Luffy and "Surgeon of Death" Trafalgar D. Water Law. In the current story arc, they are allies especially after bringing down Donquixote Donflamingo. According to the report, things may change soon, as Law may have other things in mind. After all, like any other pirate, he is also interested in finding the treasure of One Piece.
This prediction comes courtesy of Hannibal Psyche at Manga Helpers, who cites an earlier statement by Donflamingo of future situations of "betrayal, illusiveness, lies and incomprehensible alliances" in an earlier chapter. One of these betrayals may likely include that of Law with regards to his alliance with Luffy. Law supposedly is waiting patiently for the time to make the right move – for an unknown reason – and this may include betraying Luffy. more >>