Brief History

Brief History is a column that tells you all you need to know about your favorite — and not so favorite — pop culture topics. It is currently written weekly by Will DiGravio.

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Brendan Fraser And Ke Huy Quan

A Brief History of Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan’s Relationship


And their returns to the big screen.

Casino Royale James Bond Best Moments

A Brief History of the Search for the Next James Bond


It’s a question that emerges every few years, but now it’s time for an answer.

King Richard Will Smith

A Brief History of Will Smith and the Academy Awards


After two nominations, a notable snub, and his comments during the #OscarsSoWhite movement, Smith might finally get his Oscar.

Star Wars

A Brief History of Marcia Lucas’ Role in the Star Wars Universe


Marcia Lucas is responsible for some of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy’s most iconic moments. She also hates the latest films.

Don't Look Up

A Brief History of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Environmental Activism


The actor’s concern for the planet in ‘Don’t Look Up’ is also found in his real-life activism.

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A Brief History of the Search for a New ‘Jeopardy!’ Host


The effort to replace Alex Trebek has become engulfed by controversy.

West Side Story New Hollywood Musicals

A Brief History of New Hollywood Directors Making Musicals


With the release of ‘West Side Story’ later this year, Steven Spielberg is one of the last “Movie Brats” to make a musical of his own.

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A Brief History of the Beef Between Martin Scorsese and Superhero Movies


James Gunn is the latest representative of Marvel to tangle with the cinema legend.

Courteney Cox Friends Reunion Emmy Nomination

A Brief History of Courteney Cox’s First Emmy Nomination for ‘Friends’


Courteney Cox is the only cast member never to be nominated for her work on the original show.