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

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

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. Read More

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… Read More

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. Read More

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

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

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… Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

A Brief History of Scarlett Johansson Suing Disney

The 'Black Widow' star has accused Disney of a breach of contract. Read More