HOLLYWOOD -- In the 1970s and the '80s, I covered the Hollywood scene, first as a photographer, then as a photo-journalist, taking pictures and writing columns for magazines such as Photoplay. I covered the Hollywood scene every night of the week and saw things that later turned out to be significant.
On many occasions, I saw Bill Cosby exit private parties, at nightclubs, in the company of stunning women. Since he was married, we were asked not to photograph them, and we respected his wishes. (Today, the paparazzi hunt for those kinds of photos.) On more than one occasion, the ladies looked falling-down drunk and needed to be assisted to his car.
All these years later, after nearly 30 women have come out publicly, saying they were drugged, it appears we may have witnessed a crime in the making.
The seemingly harmless viral video with comedian Hannibal Buress, which brought this scandal to light, is an example of the power of social media.
But with this power comes great responsibility. We can no longer make harmless jokes at other people's expense without the possibility of dire consequences.
It seems difficult to accept Mr. Cosby's innocence in view of the fact that the man he built into a legacy of decency would be outraged by the accusations levied at him, and speak out against them. Unfortunately, in this case, his personal silence says volumes.
"Star Wars" fans are worried now that Disney is in charge of George Lucas' brainchild. He will not have any input into the $200 million film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," out Dec. 18. What they do have at Disney is J.J. Abrams, who is writing, producing and directing the new film. The original cost $11 million and grossed $776 million.
Among his many credits, Abrams wrote, produced and directed the 2009 "Star Trek" without its creator, Gene Rodenberry, who died in 1991. He wrote and produced the 2013 second installment "Star Trek: Into Darkness" and produced "Star Trek 3," due out July 2016.
He wrote and directed "Mission Impossible III" in 2006 and produced "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" in 2011, as well as "Mission Impossible 5," being released Christmas Day.
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