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Hot on the heels of playing Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lupita Nyongo is lending her voice to the animated adventure The Jungle Book.  In the Jon Favreau directed film, Nyongo voices the character of Raksha, and we sat down with her and Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Akela, to talk about bringing her character to life.

“She is grand,” said Nyong’o, about the mother wolf who raises Mowgli as one of her own. “To see her hair move and the way she interacts with Mowgli, I mean the technology in this is just insane, she’s insanely beautiful, and she feels real and she’s cuddly.”

And while audiences will love Raksha they also won’t be able to get enough of Neel Sethi, the 10 year-old New York native, who plays Mowgli in the film. Check out what he had to say about the film and working with director Jon Favreau.

The Jungle Book is in theaters April 15.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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