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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A Brief History of the Search for the Next James Bond

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

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A Brief History of Will Smith and the Academy Awards

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

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

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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

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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

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

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A Brief History of New Hollywood Directors Making Musicals

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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

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

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

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

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A Brief History of Scarlett Johansson Suing Disney

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The ‘Black Widow’ star has accused Disney of a breach of contract.