The latest film version of “The Jungle Book” — Rudyard Kipling’s beloved

The latest film version of “The Jungle Book” — Rudyard Kipling’s beloved tale of Mowgli, the boy, who comes of age with some jungle characters — opens in theaters Friday. Here is some trivia about the new film, from

v King Louie: In “The Jungle Book” (1967), King Louie was an orangutan; in the new film, he’s a gigantopithecus, an ancestor of the orangutan whose range is believed to have included parts of India. This change in species was made to make the film more fantastic and since orangutans are not native to India.

v Musical connection: Lyricist Richard M. Sherman, who wrote songs for The Jungle Book (1967), wrote songs for the new film.

v Female: This will be the first time that Kaa the Snake is portrayed as a female, rather than a male. Director Jon Favreau said the change was a deliberate one, as he felt there were too many male characters in “The Jungle Book” (1967).

v Baloo connection: Bill Murray voices Baloo in the new film; his older brother Brian Doyle-Murray had voiced Baloo in “The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story” (1998).

v Collaborators: This is the fourth collaboration between Favreau and composer John Debney; they had previously worked together on “Elf” (2003), “Zathura: A Space Adventure” (2005) and “Iron Man 2” (2010).

“Face Off” (9 p.m., Syfy): “Face Off” crowns a new champion, but not before the remaining special-effects artists are tasked with creating their own short horror films.

“Strong” (9 p.m., NBC): “Strong” puts a new spin on the fitness-competition show. Ten average women are paired with elite male fitness trainers. The focus is not on losing a couple of dress sizes, but getting mentally and physically stronger.

TV listings, B6


Big band jazz fest at Packard hall


Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., will be the site of a big band jazz festival Thursday evening, beginning at 6 p.m.

Performing will be The Big Band Sound of Packard, directed by Daniel Carioti and with vocalist Helen Welch; and jazz ensembles from Warren Harding, Austintown Fitch, South Range and Boardman high schools.

Admission is free.

On Sunday, the W.D. Packard Concert Band will present a concert titled “Springtime Airs and Dances” at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The Packard Concert Band will be directed by Stephen L. Gage. Nico Ruggieri of Boardman High, winner of the Robert E. Fleming Memorial Concerto Competition, will perform on vibraphone.

PSU Shenango cancels show


The Penn State Shenango Drama Club has canceled its spring production, a talent show originally scheduled for this weekend.

Frankie Valli tickets


Frankie Valli, and the Four Seasons will play Connor Palace at 7:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1. Tickets for are $45, $55, $75 and $95, and are on sale at and 216-241-6000.

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