Cleaning up the links I didn't post earlier in the week. 

This article begins “You may be trying to forget this is real and happening, but indeed, a release date has been set.” Toy Story 4. Lasseter says it’s a romantic comedy and has no ties to the first three. The Playlist notes:

It looks like the focus is turning strictly to the toys, which makes sense — more opportunities for corporate synergy with other toymakers (and I would not be shocked if a "Star Wars" character somehow comes into the fold given this era of franchise cross-breeding). But the interaction and importance of the human characters to the toys is what gave the original "Toy Story" movies emotional heft, so it's a curious move.

Not really. They’ve wrung every possible tear out of the Poignancy of Childhood angle, and in the recent shorts the characters have been acting on their own, interacting less with their owner. (Except for “Toy Story of Terror,” which we’ll ignore because it ruins my conclusion.) Better to go off in a toy-centric direction.

Elsewhere in Hollywood: Of course there’s a remake of “IT,” because . . . I don’t know why. Some details from CinemaBlend:

Knowing that Stephen King's It is headed to the big screen, fans of the book are left to wonder whether the feature adaptation will maintain the timeline of the novel, or if the time periods will be adjusted to modernize or drastically alter the story. From what director Cary Fukunaga reportedly said in a recent interview, it sounds like the time period could be different.

Before we get to what was said, it needs to be noted that this information was passed from a reader to Bloody Disgusting from a Brazilian newspaper called O Globo. It was translated by the reader, so there's a chance the context shifted through that process. 

Other than that, take it to the bank.

The book is set in the 50s and 80s; if they make it modern, and the adults who return to the town to beat IT have smartphones, it’ll change everything. Instead of seeing Pennywise down the sewer, he’ll pop up on their lockscreen.

Speaking of which, here’s a fun game they had in arcades back in the early 60s:

MEEP Hollywood Reporter surfaces an ancient holy text: the rules governing the Road Runner cartoon.

Try as hard as he might, Wile E. Coyote could never quite catch the Road Runner. Now, the nine rules set for the series by the creator behind the Looney Tunes classic, which stacked the deck against the character, have caused much social media buzz. 

No surprises, but fun to see it codified.

UNFOLLOW How to tell a writer is just getting lazy. Verge: “Rand Paul swiped his new logo from Tinder.”

The silver lining in giving Tinder a monopoly on the two-pronged flame symbol is that you can say things like "Rand Paul stole his new logo from Tinder.”

This is the Tinder logo:

This is Paul’s logo:

Oh, totally swiped it. Criminey. 

BENEVOLENT MURDER As BoingBoing puts it:

In the latest episode of a podcast called The Bittersweet Life, we hear from a young girl named Gabi who started feeding a group of crows, and her feathered friends started bringing her delightfully shiny presents in return, including earrings, paper clips, and even a light bulb.

I don’t know if they’re bowing down to the Raven Queen who will eventually use them to bring woe on her tormentors, or whether the crows are softening her up so she’ll help them commit some nefarious deed. Either way, if I was a parent, and crows took an interest in my child, I would move three states away.

No good can come of this.