The Matrix 4 is happening. Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, and Lana Wachowski will all return.

Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. | Warner Bros. The new sequel, the first for the franchise since 2003, may be a result of Keanu Reeves’s very good year. They say a rising tide lifts all boats, and what could prove this adage more fully than Keanu Reeves’s unexpected 2019 cultural surge yielding news that The Matrix 4 is officially happening, 20 years after the franchise first debuted. The actor’s 2019 “Keanaissance” shows no sign of…

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Trump’s potential recession playbook: conspiracies, lies, and scapegoats

If a recession does hit, it’s probably not ideal to have a president who’s declined to lie about it. | Photo by Lev Radin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images If the economy does falter, it might not be ideal to have a president who’s going to lie about it. The White House says that everything’s great and there’s nothing to worry about on the economy. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. And even if there is…

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Poll: voters who reject racism are more energized for 2020 than they were in 2016

Members of MoveOn.org Political Action protest President Trump on March 16, 2016, in New York City. | Thos Robinson/Getty Images for MoveOn.org Political Action “Anti-black” voters used to be the more politically engaged group in 2016. A new poll shows that’s not the case anymore. Anti-black voters were a highly politically engaged group in 2016. Fourteen months out from the 2020 presidential election, however, it’s those who reject racial stereotypes that are more interested in…

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Frats are throwing parties with Tinder and Bumble. This isn’t exactly new.

Dating apps like Tinder and Bumble have been involved in live events, including frat parties, on some college campuses. | LightRocket via Getty Images Dating apps have been courting students on college campuses since dating apps were invented. It’s an unspoken rule that a fraternity party has to have a theme — no matter how meaningless, strange, or straight-up offensive it may be. But instead of a Hawaiian luau-themed bash, imagine dancing the night away…

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The artistry of the late Richard Williams, from Roger Rabbit to the Pink Panther

Touchstone Pictures The animator broke new ground in terms of fluid character movement and simulating camerawork. Legendary animator Richard Williams died Friday, August 16, 2019, at the age of 86. He’s probably best known for being the animation director on 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit; that film won him two Oscars, one for Visual Effects and another a Special Achievement Award for the film’s technical innovations. Prior to that, he’d also won the Oscar for…

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