Roundup & Recap: The Week

Here’s what I have been writing about these past seven days:

The Prop 8 trial concluded with a compelling closing argument from Ted Olson but a stumbling finale from his counterpart Charles Cooper, but will it really matter in the end? Hollywood has a special interest in the case, and no matter what happens, is bound to keep the trial in the culture.

Nm_hayward_dudley_100618_mn President Obama
disappointed progressives (and others) with his speech on the spill, but his “shakedown” may have served him well. Meanwhile, Kevin Costner explained his oil/water solution, and Larry King lined up some stars to do what they do best.

Lawrence O’Donnell overcame reluctance to leave a Hollywood career for a new gig as MSNBC anchor.

Bravo surprised no one by casting the Salahis in “Real Housewives,” but I took them to task for blaming the press for their bad press.

Box office trading got the greenlight from federal regulators, but show biz is using some lobbying muscle to stop it before it starts.

Quotable: “I was hoping that we could get this case in before present. But it may be appropriate that the case is coming to closing argument now. June is, after all, the month for weddings.” U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, before listening to closing arguments in the Prop 8 trial.

And here’s some stories I wanted to get to but did not:

Rush Limbaugh explained how he got Elton John to perform at his wedding, even if it still isn’t clear (other than the money) why John said yes.

Matt Garrahan of Financial Times follows Oliver Stone through Venezuela as the filmmaker promotes his documentary “South of the Border,” and snags an interview with Hugo Chavez. Chavez is down on Obama, down on the media and down on capitalism. “The future of capitalism in Venezuela iis in the cemetery.”

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