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‘Chucky’ Season 2 Finale: Creator Don Mancini, Zackary Arthur Unwrap Bloody Christmas Episode’s Twists, Possible Season 3

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Spoiler Alert: This story contains spoilers for “Chucky Actually,” the Season 2 finale of “Chucky” on Syfy and USA Network.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Chucky was using a chainsaw to bisect the mayor right through her blouse.

In the Season 2 finale of “Chucky,” the joyfully murderous doll chose Christmas Eve to reveal he wasn’t dead after the exorcism in last week’s penultimate episode. But did anyone really believe the Power of Christ would be that compelling to him?

After transferring himself into a secret Good Guy doll hidden by his now-dead accomplice Dr. Mixter (Rosemary Dunsmore), Chucky finally made his move on those meddling kids Jake (Zackary Arthur), Devon (Björgvin Arnarson) and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind).

While Chucky is most associated with Halloween, which is where Season 2 began, creator Don Mancini seized the chance to bookend the season with some Yuletide cheer from the world’s worst toy.

“Just as Tiffany’s favorite color is diamonds, Chucky’s favorite color is blood,” he told Variety. “Blood and green. He’s perfect for Christmas, and getting to deck the halls with blood — specifically Mayor Michelle’s blood — was perfect for the show.”

That particularly unfortunate victim, played by Barbara Alyn Woods, was the last parent standing for the teenage trio at the center of the show — that is, before Chucky decorated the nearby Christmas tree with her. But the now-orphaned kids didn’t watch passively as Chucky and Tiffany (still in Jennifer Tilly’s body) ruined Christmas. For the first time, they struck back, as Jake stabbed Tiffany and the three of them very nearly trapped her.

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Arthur says Jake’s journey this season has largely been defined by the guilt he felt over Chucky blowing up his foster brother in the premiere. He clung to the possibility of redemption, which led him to believe in the possibility of a Good Chucky. But with those hopes dashed, and with few people left alive, Jake reverts back to the darker instincts Chucky preyed upon in Season 1.

“He does kind of turn, not murderous, but a little evil when he stabs Tiffany,” Arthur says. “This is the first time we have seen these kids commit violent acts against other people. Considering everything that has happened, it is not a leap to think Jake, Devon and Lexy could go down a dark path.”

By the end of the episode, they do find some solace in the return of Miss Fairchild (Annie M. Briggs), their teacher previously blamed for Chucky’s murders. While joyous, Arthur notes Miss F is a reminder of just how few people are still standing.

“The kids kind of fall into her arms, and it just goes to show they really have nobody else to trust,” he says. “In Miss F, they feel this is someone they can trust and that’s new for them.”

Mancini says their confrontation with Tiffany — who is ultimately saved by Caroline, Lexy’s little sister and Chucky’s new accomplice — will be key to aligning the TV series’ teen heroes with the film franchise’s legacy characters, Andy (Alex Vincent) and Kyle (Christine Elise), should the show get renewed for Season 3.

“It’s meant to be cathartic in a way,” he says. “These kids have taken so much from these characters and been manipulated, and I just think it was important to have that moment of violence committed by them toward the enemy. Moving forward, they join Andy and Kyle in the ranks of the cavalry that has to come to the rescue.”

Speaking of those battle-hardened members of the Chucky Survivors Support Group, Mancini said the final moments of Episode 7, which saw Andy and Kyle bask in the belief Chucky was finally dead (intercut with real footage of them as innocent kids in 1990’s “Child’s Play 2”), wasn’t necessarily meant to release them from Chucky’s reign of terror.

“Are they going off into that well-earned sunset, or are they right back where they started?” he asks with a smile.

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With Chucky’s resurrection never really in doubt, the finale’s biggest twist was the true identity of Belle, the doll Caroline has been caring for all season. Tiffany had intended to steal the doll and use it as her vessel to return to doll form, only to learn it was just another Chucky doll in drag. The bait-and-switch reveal was Chucky’s reminder to his enemies — and the audience —that he hasn’t lost his touch 30 years into his franchise.

“What we saw with that finale revelation — that the Belle doll was Chucky all along in drag — is that Chucky is smarter than everyone on the board,” Mancini says. “Chucky made provisions for everything, and one of my intentions was to again show what a formidable opponent he is. In a way, we leave off the season with him saying, ‘Come and get me.’ The kids, Tiffany, Dr. Mixter, everyone who deigned to think they got the better of Chucky, lost.”

The divide over how to deal with Chucky’s many recent manifestations — Chucky Prime, Good Chucky and Hulk Chucky — nearly cost Jake and Devon their relationship, as did navigating the equally hostile halls of their new Catholic School. But in the finale, they resolved their tensions in the spirit of Christmas, something Arthur says is a testament to their future strength.

“We have seen them grow and maintain a relationship, partly because they have had a horrible shared experience,” he says. “But they really do care for each other, and I think their relationship will continue to thrive amidst the chaos.”

But they weren’t the only ones reuniting.

After being put in human twin bodies in the “Seed of Chucky” movie, Glen and Glenda were returned to their single doll body with the help of their mother Tiffany, whom they informed they will now identify as GG.

Mancini says GG was the show’s way to honor the trans experience — “through our wackadoodle Chucky horror genre lens, of course.”

“The idea here is that GG didn’t need two bodies or two vehicles for expression,” he says. “Every aspect of this entity is valid — masculine, feminine, violent, pacifist. Like all of us, a universe is going on within this one entity.”

Once Tiffany knew her children were safe, she made her desperate play to join them in doll form by stealing Caroline’s Belle doll, which was thwarted by Chucky’s reveal and put her in the crosshairs of a vengeful (and recently de-Chucky-ed) Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif).

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For a moment, fans might have started to sweat thinking Tiffany would actually shed her Jennifer Tilly host, putting an end to Tilly’s two-decade tenure in the franchise, since her own spirit — which had been imprisoned in Tiffany’s old doll body for 20 years — had been turned to roadkill in the previous episode. Luckily, Mancini says he has no plans to dispatch Tilly, the Oscar-nominated actor and her in-universe body.

“I want my friend, the actress Jennifer Tilly, to be in the franchise as long as she wants to do it,” he says.

If Tilly’s universal love for the cast and crew on social media is any indication, it looks like she’s willing to be the gift that keeps on giving.



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Ryan Eggold, Isaiah Mustafa Join Aldis Hodge in Alex Cross Series at Amazon

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Ryan Eggold and Isaiah Mustafa have been cast in Amazon’s upcoming series based on James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels.

The pair join previously announced series lead Aldis Hodge in the series, which is titled “Cross.” Amazon ordered the show to series in October.

“Cross” is described as thriller mystery series. Per the official logline, “Alex Cross is a detective and forensic psychologist, uniquely capable of digging into the psyches of killers and their victims, in order to identify—and ultimately capture—the murderers.”

Eggold will play Ed Ramsey. The character is said to have “humble Midwest roots that are the core of his irresistible charm, but he’s got elbows sharp enough to carve out space in the elite social and political circles of DC and New York. Smooth, well connected, and devious, Ramsey can also be physically imposing when he needs to be – and he has some very dark secrets. While he’s initially a fan of Cross’s, he soon becomes a formidable adversary.”

Mustafa will play John Sampson, also known as “Two-John” and “Man-Mountain.” Sampson is described as “Alex’s partner on the force and best friend of 30 years. Full of swagger and larger than life, he believes that Cross is at a crisis point in his life and needs to seek professional help.”

Eggold currently stars in the NBC medical drama “New Amsterdam,” which is airing its fifth and final season at present. He is also known for his role in the NBC drama “The Blacklist” and the spinoff series “The Blacklist: Redemption.” His other notable credits include The CW series “90210” as well as films like “BlacKkKlansman” and “Fathers and Daughters.”

He is repped by Gersh, Entertainment 360, and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Mustafa is known for starring in the cult hit Freeform series “Shadowhunters” and in films like “IT: Chapter Two” and “Murder at Yellowstone City.” He got his big break onscreen in the Old Spice “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” advertising campaign, which was very well received by the public.

He is repped by APA, Megan Silverman Management, and Yorn Levine.

Variety exclusively reported that “Cross” was in the works in January 2020. Ben Watkins is writing and executive producing the series, and will also serve as showrunner. Hodge is a producer in addition to starring. Sam Ernst, Jim Dunn, and Craig Siebels also executive produce, with Patterson, Bill Robinson, and Patrick Santa executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Bill Bost executive produce for Skydance Television. Paramount Television Studios and Skydance are producing.



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Billie Eilish Addresses Euphoria Season 3 Casting Rumors

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Billie Eilish clarifies social media rumors claiming that she will make an appearance in the upcoming Euphoria season 3 on HBO.


Pop sensation Billie Eilish addresses the rampant rumor claiming she was joining the cast of Euphoria season 3. Earlier this year, a viral tweet from an account posing as an entertainment update page reported that Eilish had been cast in season 3 of the Sam Levinson-created teen series as Nate Jacob’s (Jacob Elordi) latest love interest. Though no official sources confirmed the news at the time, social media was instantly flooded with speculation surrounding Eilish’s potential burgeoning acting career that would see her appear in one of the biggest dramas currently airing.

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Now, in her annual interview with Vanity Fair, Eilish clears up the rumor that she will appear on Euphoria season 3 alongside Zendaya and Elordi. Though the pop star grew up in Los Angeles where she tried her hand at acting under the guidance of a family of performance artists, Eilish has made it clear that the offer to appear on the HBO show, though tempting, never came her way. Check out what she had to say below:

“[The biggest rumor about me is that] I’m in the third season of Euphoria. That’s not true. I’d like to be. Euphoria’s fucking fire.”

Why Billie Eilish Would Be Perfect For Euphoria

Zendaya as Rue in Euphoria S2

Though Eilish has made it clear she is only a fan of Euphoria rather than one of its incoming stars, her public image and the thematic interests she has explored through songwriting would make her a natural addition to the darkly cinematic teen series. Not only has Eilish’s music been featured on the show, but her depictions of the specific type of teenage angst that is particular to the Gen-Z era reflect many of the same modern struggles that Euphoria has explored since its 2019 release. Both breakout sensations, Eilish and Euphoria, have come to prominence for their ability to create moving art out of the pain and conflict of the teenage experience during an era that has seen a rise in technology and adolescent addiction, making a collaboration or cameo seem more fitting than it may appear at face value.

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Maddy floats in a pool while babysitting in Euphoria.

With Euphoria quickly becoming one of HBO’s most watched shows, second only to Game of Thrones, it should come as no surprise that the series was renewed for a season 3 following the dramatic eight-part second season that saw protagonist Rue try to maintain her sobriety amidst a new friendship with Eliot that threatened her relationship with Jules. Additionally, best friends Maddie and Cassie endured a ruthless falling out that came to physical blows in the season 2 finale. While filming for Euphoria season 3 is not expected to begin until February 2023, the cast and Levinson have teased some of what fans can expect. Similarly to the show’s first two seasons, Euphoria season 3 is expected to contain 8 episodes that various cast members have teased will explore even darker storylines, which Zendaya has expressed she hopes will extend into an exploration of the characters once they graduate from high school and enter their collegiate years.

Though Eilish hasn’t joined the show’s upcoming season, viewers can still expect a cast shakeup. Following speculation of on-set tension between cast member Barbie Ferrera and Levinson, Ferreira took to Instagram to announce she would not be reprising her role as the vibrant fan-favorite Kat. Furthermore, though there was talk of lead Zendaya, who now has 2 Emmys under her belt for her depiction of Rue, leaving the show after season 2, she has been confirmed to return to the series alongside the rest of its central cast. The biggest cliffhanger that Euphoria season 3 is expected to address is the possible death of Ashtray and Fezco’s impending prison stay. How Euphoria answers the open-ended questions it has posed and deals with its evolving central cast will only become clear when season 3 hits HBO.

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Will Smith Appears on ‘The Daily Show’ in First Late-Night Interview Since Oscars Slap: ‘That Is Not Who I Want to Be’

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After a series of online statements and quiet public appearances over recent months, Will Smith took further steps back into the spotlight Monday evening, appearing for an interview on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” Promoting his new historical drama “Emancipation,” Smith’s conversation with the late-night host naturally dug into his Oscars night controversy, in which he slapped Chris Rock onstage as the comedian was introducing the category of best documentary feature.

“I have been away,” Will Smith said, drawing a laugh from the crowd when the topic of his absence from the public eye came up. “What have y’all been doing?”

“That was a horrific night, as you can imagine. There’s many nuances and complexities to it. But at the end of the day, I just — I lost it, you know?” Smith continued. “I was going through something that night, you know? Not that that justifies my behavior at all… It was a lot of things. It was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother, you know? All of that just bubbled up in that moment. That is not who I want to be.”

Noah interjected, offering his own perspective on the situation and recalling the discussions about the controversy that he had with peers.

“I love Chris. I’m friends with him. I love you, but this is fucked up… I know that as Black people, Black people get together and go, ‘What was Will doing? What the hell happened?’ A lot of Black people were like, ‘He should go to jail.’ Like, you need to relax yourself,” Noah said, earning a laugh from Smith. “Some people were overreacting, which made some people underreact.”

Smith shared an anecdote from the aftermath on Oscars evening, when he was already having to deal with the reverberations of his outburst in his private life.

“I was gone. That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time,” Smith said, “My nephew is nine. He is the sweetest little boy. We came home. He had stayed up late to see his uncle Will and we are sitting in my kitchen and he is on my lap and he is holding the Oscar and he is just like, ‘Why did you hit that man, Uncle Will?’ Damn it. Why are you trying to Oprah me?”

Smith also discussed “Emancipation,” sharing the decision-making that led him to the project. Based on true events, the film stars Smith as a runaway slave who becomes known to the world as “Whipped Peter” after widely distributed photographs of keloid scarring on his back expose the extreme brutality of slavery.

“First seeing that image was one of the things that really got me excited to explore this, because you see the image, but you don’t know who he is. You don’t know what the story is,” Smith said. “American slavery was one of the most brutal aspects of human history… It is hard to understand the level of human cruelty. My daughter asked me, ‘Daddy, do we really need another slave movie?’ I said, ‘Daby, I promise you, I wouldn’t make a slave movie. This is a freedom movie.’”

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, director Antoine Fuqua addressed the decision to release “Emancipation” eight months after Smith’s Oscars controversy, saying “the film to me is bigger than that moment.”

“400 years of slavery is bigger than one moment,” Fuqua stated. “My hope is that people will see it that way and watch the movie and be swept away with the great performance by Will and all the real hard work that the whole crew did.”

“Emancipation” will debut in select theaters this Friday before premiering on Apple TV+ on Dec. 9.

Watch Noah’s full interview with Smith below.



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