Baltimore Sun newsletters: Sign up

Tom Cruise

Rachel Marsden: Golden Globes ceremony underscores Hollywood's waning influence

Rachel Marsden: Golden Globes ceremony underscores Hollywood's waning influence

During this month's Golden Globes ceremony in posh Beverly Hills, Calif. celebrities preached diversity and tolerance, some of them subtly or not-so-subtly denouncing U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Hollywood has traditionally been an important force for America around the world, a "soft power" export of U.S.culture, influencing hearts, minds and values. That role has eroded over time. What exactly happened to Hollywood?

During the Cold War era, films such as "Top Gun," "Flashdance" and "Rocky" promoted the ideals of hard work and triumph over adversity. After seeing "Rocky" as a child, I went to sleep with extra motivation to get...

39°