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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.


Exclusive: Diddy Wants To See More Of This On Fox’s ‘The Four’



Fox’s The Four: Battle For Stardom will never have a loser, at least according to panelist and show creator, Diddy.

Every week, singers around the country will fight for stardom by doing all they can to stay in the top four of the singing competition show. But while some might get sent home, Diddy tells HipHollywood that there are “no losers in this situation.”

He explained while at last week’s taping, “the people that lose actually win because people don’t agree with what goes on, so now they have a platform.”

The music is not only out of this world, but it’s also just straight up fun. Host Fergie unveiled to HH, “Your heart beats racing, but we also can really laugh at ourselves and have a good time and be idiots.”

She added, “There’s a good amount of we care care that much to be intense and serious and be invested and want to stand behind these artists; but also at the same time we all like to have a good time.”

Panelist DJ Khaled is all about the jovial antics and banter, but he doesn’t want “nobody taking my kindness for weakness.” He told us, “I’m going to give you the keys and let you know how I feel.”

The show is on it’s way to becoming a world renowned phenomenon. Diddy, however, would like to see one thing. “More rappers,” he told HipHollywood. “Rapers don’t have a relationship with shows like this so there’s not that database. So we are doing something original.”

The Four airs on Thursday night’s at 8pm on Fox.

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