In just two sleeps I’ll be boarding a jet plane headed for Los Angeles to cover the #JungleBookEvent! (Eeeeeks!!!! or if I were my sister I would be jumping up and down squealing.) If you aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about at all check out my preview post here. Otherwise allow me to fill you in on all the fabulous details on what 24 bloggers and I will be up to the three days we’ll be in Los Angeles.
I arrive at LAX at some point in the afternoon and meet up with a few other bloggers where we take a shuttle to our hotel to check in. After getting situated we’re escorted off to the movies for a special screening of The Jungle Book at Dolby Cinemas at AMC Prime. Dolby Cinemas offers the best image and sound technology possible; definitely the best experience I can imagine when it comes to movie-going. Before we watch The Jungle Book in our super comfy, leather reclining seats we have the opportunity to hear a presentation from Stuart Bowling, the Director of Content and Creative Relations at Dolby Laboratories.
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It’s the big premiere day but before I get all dolled up I’ve got some reporting to do. It’s interviews first thing in the morning. Here’s the line up:
Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is the director of this live action film. Favreau is not only a director but also known as an actor in many indie films and for those of you who watched FRIENDS, he was one of Monica’s suitors.
Newcomer Neel Sethi is the star of the film and plays the role of Mowgli, a human raised by a pack of wolves in the Indian Jungle.
Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it’s his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it’s time for him to leave his jungle home. “Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent,” says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. “His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military–he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”
Lupita Nyong’o voices Raksha, a mother wolf who cares deeply for all of her pups–including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he’s abandoned in the jungle as an infant. “She is the protector, the eternal mother,” says Nyong’o. “The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own.”
Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. “Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. “He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”
I do need your help though: What question would you ask these inspiring and talented artists? Comment below with your question.
After we finish interviews, it’s time to head back to our rooms at the Sheraton Universal Hotel to get ready for the red carpet premiere of the film at the El Capitan Theatre!! Hopefully I’ll be able to do my hair and make up like a true Hollywood resident…at least my shoes and evening bag will be fabulous.
Once we’ve walked the red carpet (hold it, let’s just sit and salivate on that…the red carpet) and seen the movie (for a second time!) we’re going to walk on over to Ohm Nightclub for the after party.
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Our last day in LA is spent at the Disney XD studios where we’ll be watching an episode of their new scripted comedy hidden camera series “Walk the Prank.” During this visit we’ll get a chance to view the production of an episode as well as interview the cast. The show airs on Disney XD on April 6th on the Disney XD channel.
After that I board the plane and head home to Minnesota to rescue my mother from caring for my three energetic children. I really hope you follow along! To do that use the event hashtag #JungleBookEvent as well as follow me on my social media channels:
Heaven knows I’ll certainly be extremely active on social media so that you don’t miss out on a thing! See you on Sunday!
Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.