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January 9, 2019

The former Disney chief creative officer who was ousted due to sexual harassment allegations has already found himself a new gig.

John Lasseter, the animator who co-founded Pixar but left Disney in disgrace, has been hired to head Skydance Animation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Skydance, the company that has co-produced recent Mission: Impossible and Star Trek films, has yet to release any animated movies but has several in development and has tapped Lasseter to steer the division. Skydance Media CEO David Ellison praised Lasseter Wednesday and said his "impact on the animation industry cannot be overstated."

Lasseter announced in November 2017, as the #MeToo movement was sweeping through Hollywood, that he would be taking a six-month sabbatical from Disney, citing "missteps." The Reporter wrote that Lasseter was known within Disney and Pixar for drinking excessively and making employees uncomfortable by grabbing and kissing them or commenting on their physical appearance. He referenced unwanted hugs in his letter announcing his leave of absence, though one employee told the Reporter, "If it was just unwanted hugs, he wouldn't be stepping down." Disney announced in June that Lasseter would officially exit at the end of 2018.

Now, Lasseter has almost immediately found himself another animation job. In a letter to employees, Ellison said that Lasseter has been "analyzing and improving his workplace behavior." He also revealed that he "hired outside counsel to thoroughly investigate the allegations." Though the company has "not entered into this decision lightly," Ellison says they're confident "that his mistakes have been recognized." Lasseter "has given his assurance that he will comport himself in a wholly professional manner," Ellison added. Lasseter is expected to begin his job later this month. Brendan Morrow

December 14, 2018

President Trump has just lost yet another potential chief of staff candidate.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday released a statement taking himself out of consideration to replace White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

"I've told the President that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment," said Christie. "As a result, I have asked not to be considered for this post." He called it "an honor" to be considered.

Christie reportedly met with Trump about the role on Thursday evening, and Axios reported that he was a top contender. Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs reported later in the day that Christie was a "leading candidate," and The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports Trump considered him "a front-runner." CNN says, however, that Trump did not formally offer Christie the job.

When Trump announced that Kelly would be leaving the administration, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, was reportedly the only person he had in mind to replace him, but Ayers turned down the job. Trump said Thursday he has five candidates in mind — apparently, according to one report, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. It remains to be seen when a decision will be made, but White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway recently suggested Kelly could end up staying in the job longer than expected. Brendan Morrow

May 15, 2017

Hillary Clinton just can't stay away. Months after her crushing loss to President Trump, Clinton officially jumped back into politics Monday with the introduction of Onward Together, a new political group that's "dedicated to advancing the progressive vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election."

"This year hasn't been what I envisioned, but I know what I'm still fighting for: a kinder, big-hearted, inclusive America. Onward!" Clinton tweeted. She vowed that Onward Together would "work to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize and run for office" through direct funding or messaging.

So, does this mean Clinton 2020? Becca Stanek

January 11, 2016

It's been a whirlwind romance for News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and former model and actress Jerry Hall — after four months of dating, the pair became engaged over the weekend in Los Angeles.

The news was announced in The Times, a newspaper owned by Murdoch. They were introduced to each other by Murdoch's sister and niece in Australia, and made their public debut together in London in October at the Rugby World Cup final, People reports. Hall, 59, was involved with Mick Jagger from 1977 to 1999, and has four children with him. Murdoch, 84, divorced his third wife, Wendi Deng, in 2013. He has six children from his previous marriages. Catherine Garcia

February 5, 2015

It took Australian Suzy Walsham just 12 minutes and 30 seconds to win the 38th Empire State Building Run-Up Wednesday night for a record-setting sixth time.

First-time winner Christian Riedel of Germany took the men's competition at 10 minutes and 16 seconds. Racers climb up 1,576 steps, or about one-fifth of a mile vertically, to the building's 86th-floor observatory. To ensure that everyone can safely participate, elite groups go first, followed by the general field in staggered shifts, The Associated Press reports. Catherine Garcia

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