Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco go vampire hunting in the Netflix action comedy ‘Day Shift’

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The vampire action comedy Day Shift hits Netflix Friday, starring Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco as two very different kinds of vampire hunters. The pair talked to ABC Audio about why they think people are fascinated with the fanged blood suckers.

"I think it's the immortality. I think...it's a sexiness," says Foxx. "Everybody that's played vampires, you know, has had a sexiness to it. Right?"

"For whatever reason, they're all sexy," Franco agrees.

Foxx is the lead in the film, which Franco thinks is only right. He says there's no one else you want as the number one guy on set.

"He comes in, he's playing music every day, he's getting everyone hyped up," he explains. "He just makes you feel confident and comfortable and willing to take risks and willing to fall on your face. And that's when the best stuff happens."

Day Shift director J.J. Perry, agrees, adding that Foxx is also one of the most amazing physical specimens he's every seen.

"I watched him do 42 pull ups. He's my age," notes Perry, a stunt man with 149 credits to his name for movies ranging from the Fast and Furious films to John WickDjango Unchained, and more. "...The strongest young stunt guy got to 24."

So it's no surprise that Jamie did almost all of his own stunts, according to Perry, who drew the line at "smashing" the Spider-Man: No Way Home star.

"There's a couple of times we smashed him through a wall. I used a stunt double just because I can't have him limping around on set," he shares. "But he wanted to do everything and he did 99.9% of his business." 

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Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco go vampire hunting in the Netflix action comedy ‘Day Shift’

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The vampire action comedy Day Shift hits Netflix Friday, starring Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco as two very different kinds of vampire hunters. The pair talked to ABC Audio about why they think people are fascinated with the fanged blood suckers.

"I think it's the immortality. I think...it's a sexiness," says Foxx. "Everybody that's played vampires, you know, has had a sexiness to it. Right?"

"For whatever reason, they're all sexy," Franco agrees.

Foxx is the lead in the film, which Franco thinks is only right. He says there's no one else you want as the number one guy on set.

"He comes in, he's playing music every day, he's getting everyone hyped up," he explains. "He just makes you feel confident and comfortable and willing to take risks and willing to fall on your face. And that's when the best stuff happens."

Day Shift director J.J. Perry, agrees, adding that Foxx is also one of the most amazing physical specimens he's every seen.

"I watched him do 42 pull ups. He's my age," notes Perry, a stunt man with 149 credits to his name for movies ranging from the Fast and Furious films to John WickDjango Unchained, and more. "...The strongest young stunt guy got to 24."

So it's no surprise that Jamie did almost all of his own stunts, according to Perry, who drew the line at "smashing" the Spider-Man: No Way Home star.

"There's a couple of times we smashed him through a wall. I used a stunt double just because I can't have him limping around on set," he shares. "But he wanted to do everything and he did 99.9% of his business." 

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‘Aftershock’ director says Hulu documentary “comes at a crucial time”

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Aftershock, a documentary out now on Hulu, follows the widowed husbands of Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac as they seek to raise awareness of the high maternal mortality rate of Black women and how the crisis can be solved.

The documentary's director, Paula Eiselt, tells ABC Audio the film "comes at a really crucial time in this country," noting, "with the overturning of Roe v. Wade our reproductive healthcare is under complete attack."

As for what she believes the doc adds to the conversation going on right now surrounding reproductive rights, Eiselt says, "It's really important that we speak about full spectrum reproductive rights in one conversation. That means talking about abortion care and maternal healthcare 'cause they're one in the same. Abortion is healthcare and maternal healthcare is healthcare. We have to talk about this together."

Adds Eiselt, "In the same way that a woman has the human right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy, if she does choose to have a baby, then she has the right to a safe and dignified birth.

Her hope is that the film acts as "a conversation starter within our communities and also with the power structure of this country."

"I hope that after watching Aftershock, more women and families understand that there are choices around birthing and that women feel empowered to make those choices, demand autonomy, and human centered care in their birth," she adds.  

 

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‘LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation’ star Yvette Nicole Brown reveals her dream role

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Yvette Nicole Brown has been a part of Star WarsThe MuppetsThe Avengers, and so many great franchises in her career, but there's one thing that would really make her life complete.

"I still haven't done Sesame Street," she tells ABC Audio. "In my mind, I always thought to myself, if I ever get asked to do Sesame Street, it would mean I had finally really made a mark in this industry...Like I became the person in this industry that I hope to be....So I'm just praying one day it comes."

Brown's latest project is the Disney+ special LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, which features characters from the recent film franchise including Finn and Rey. The Community alum voices General Leia and Lt. Valeria, and she sets up the premise of the special for us:

"Well, it takes place right after Rise of Skywalker and Finn and all his friends who've been through a lot, [so] he says, 'let's take a vacation.'" she explains. "And so they leave to go on the vacation and get separated. And then Finn has this vision of three Force ghosts. There's Leia and Anakin and Obi-Wan. And they tell him about vacations they've been on that didn't go quite as planned."

Brown has described herself as a "nerd," and not just for sci-fi and fantasy.

"Being a nerd just means you just love something so much. And I'm a nerd about puzzles. I'm a nerd about knitting, I'm a nerd about naps," she insists.

"You can be a nerd about a thousand things," adds the 50-year-old actress. "I'm a nerd about my dog Harley, you know?" 

LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation hits Disney+ on Friday.

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“The Resort” is a serious mystery that’s also a lot of fun

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It's time to check in to The Resort!

Peacock's new mystery series The Resort starts streaming today, starring William Jackson Harper and Cristin Milioti as a couple celebrating their anniversary at a fancy Yucatan Peninsula resort, but instead of hitting the beach with mai tais, they're investigating a possible murder. It's serious, but there's also some comedy, and Milioti tells ABC Audio she and Harper were given a lot of freedom to explore this couple who has hit a stale point in their 10-year marriage.

"We would try takes and complete silence. We would throw all the lines away. We would get in a mini fight. We would...almost get to the fight and then back off," she recalls. "And like it just was so much fun to explore that...that's the type of stuff as an actor where it's like the dream."

The show is from Palm Springs writer Andy Siara, which also starred Milioti, and she says they don't leave you in too much suspense. Answers will be coming, "but they're not going to be the answers that you think. Better tune in!"

"I think Andy has written something that is, like, very unexpected," she continues. "And even the answers that you get...you just don't see them coming, but they make sense and I find them to be very satisfying. But it's like what you would least expect."

Harper says he also loves a good mystery, but it has to be really good.

"Like a really good mystery I'm just like, yo, I need to go see what's going on," he explains. "But then like other, you know, other stuff, it's just like, okay, well, either we're going to have a twist or I called it. And so, you know, I kind of I do enjoy it."

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‘Harold and Kumar’s John Cho hits the road for new father-daughter dramedy ‘Don’t Make Me Go’

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In the new coming of age dramedy Don't Make Me Go, out Friday on Prime Video, John Cho plays a single dad who embarks on a cross-country road trip with his less than thrilled teen daughter, played by newcomer Mia Isaac, and Cho tells ABC Audio it was a movie he wanted to make the second he read the script.

"The father daughter relationship obviously was the thing that was really attractive," he says. "I'm a parent, so there was so many similarities for me in sentiment and worldview. But beyond that, my impression when I closed the script was, I wish I could see this movie...I wish it existed. And it seemed like something I would watch."

The Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle star particularly enjoyed the road trip scenes, noting, "It was a lot like a real road trip. There were games and singing and trivia and conversation and being bored and snacking."

Don't Make Me Go marks Isaac's big screen debut, and the 18-year-old actress admits she wasn't that familiar with her co-star's Harold and Kumar movies until her parents filled her in.

"I remember like getting off of the directors call back and I was like, yeah, apparently I'm supposed to be working with this guy, John Cho," she recalls. "And my parents were like John Cho! And I was like, and then of course they had me watch everything. And I was a true John Cho fan by the time we got to New Zealand."

Jokes Cho, "That seems like irresponsible parenting, if you ask me."

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Ray Liotta’s ‘Black Bird’ co-stars remember the late actor

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The new Apple TV+ series Black Bird features one of the last performances from Ray Liotta, who died in his sleep in May at the age of 67.

Black Bird tells the true story of a convicted drug dealer, played by Taron Egerton, who can go free if he gets a confession from a serial killer and finds out where his victims are buried. Liotta plays Egerton's father, a former cop in ill health who wasn't the most honorable officer, and Egerton tells ABC Audio it's a fantastic performance.

"I was very inspired by working with Ray, and I felt kind of changed by it as an actor," he recalls. "I think the scenes are some of the best that I've been a part of in, not just this show, but my entire career."

"I know he was very excited about this and I know he was very passionate about the role," adds Egerton. "So it's a nice way, because I believe that Ray ended his life at the peak of his acting powers."

The show's creator Dennis Lehane calls Liotta's death "a big blow," explaining, "Nobody had a clue -- absolutely none. He was fine right up until he didn't wake up."

In fact, Lehane says he and Liotta even had plans to work together on a future project.

"The last conversation I ever had with Ray was, he said 'what are you working on?'" he says. "I told him and he said, 'Is there a part in there for me?' And I said, 'Of course there's a part in there for you.' And he said, 'Well, make it a big part.'" 

Black Bird is currently streaming on Apple+, with new episodes airing Fridays.

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Rocketman’s Taron Egerton takes a dark turn in the true crime drama ‘Black Bird’

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Black Bird, starring Taron Egerton and the late Ray Liotta, premieres Friday on Apple TV+. It tells the true story of a convicted drug dealer, played by Egerton, who can go free if he gets a confession from a serial killer and finds out where his victims are buried. He tells ABC Audio why the role was hard to pass up.

"It wasn't something that I had done before and felt like, I guess, you know, the roles that I'm known for are all British roles," he explains. "And to, I mean there's a lot more to it than that, but there was certainly an appeal in playing not just the kind of archetypal kind of American hero role, but like a real three dimensional, complex, nuanced character from a very specific part of the country."

I Tonya's Paul Walter Hauser plays the serial killer whose confession Egerton is trying to obtain in the series, and Hauser shares the secret to playing an effectively creepy character.

"You have to be willing to do an improvisational take or try something different without judging yourself because it might be brilliant and the editor might use it, and your self-doubt or your insecurity would stop you from giving your best work," he shares. "You have to find the brilliance sometimes. You don't just show up killing it. You got to find it most days."

Asked whether the role gave him nightmares, Hauser says, "I have nightmares all the time, regardless of the content I'm making. So this is just like an extended nightmare where you get to live it throughout the day." 

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‘Jerry and Marge Go Large’s Larry Wilmore discusses the movie’s “inspirational” message

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In the new Paramount plus film Jerry and Marge Go Large, a couple, played by Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening, beat the lottery by exploiting a loophole in the math and use the winnings to benefit their town.

Larry Wilmore plays the couple's accountant, and he tells ABC Audio the script fell into his lap when he needed it the most -- during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I really [needed] something to give me hope," he recalls. "And just that story of Jerry and Marge, you know, just how simple it was. I mean, the guy...just he just wanted to figure out puzzles, you know? He wasn't trying to win money. That was like a bonus...And then the fact that he got the whole town involved, that was fantastic. I love that part of it."

The multitalented 60-year-old comedian whose numerous credits include serving as executive producer on the ABC sitcom, black-ish, and as a co-creator, with Issa Rae on the HBO series Insecure, reveals that once upon a time, math was actually his thing, but comedy eventually won out.

"I was taking calculus as a sophomore in high school...I was on that math track," he explains. "But after a while, comedy just became a little more fun than the math, you know?...I'm not like math genius type of thing, way far from that."

Wilmore says he used to play the lottery "all the time" back in the day, but not so much these days.

"I'm a big-stakes lottery guy," he shares. "If it's like 25 million, I'm like, come on, lottery. You got to do better than that...But when it's like 500 million?...I'm like, okay, you can get my $2, on 500 million."

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Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson team up for the Netflix action comedy, ‘The Man from Toronto’

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The new Neflix action comedy The Man from Toronto, starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart, debuts on Friday.

It's one of more than 20 projects Hart has in the works as an actor or producer, which has him up before the sun rises every morning.

"I'm a busy man, but I wouldn't have it any other way," he notes. "I love it. I find joy in it. I find happy in it. And, you know, while I got the energy and while I'm able, I will and I can."

It's also motivated Hart to stay in top physical shape, something Harrelson admits has inspired him as well.

"One of my first conversations was to ask him about how the hell he's so damn fit. And, you know, I really thought, I wish I had taken his advice because, you know, I'd be in a tight tee shirt right now," shares Woody, adding, "he did teach me a lot about what I could do if I decided to take up that, you know, that hard work."

The two actors both know a little something about being a part of successful on-screen duos; something Harrelson says is all about the love.

"You gotta love the people you're working with. It's got to congeal into a family," he explains. "And I will say that definitely happened with Kevin...I loved him before I met him. And after I met him, I loved him more. So I was very happy to see that come across on screen."

The feeling was mutual for Hart, who says that from their first conversation, to the first meeting, to the first day on set, the two "hit the ground running" and "never looked back." 

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