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.

Explore the full Brief History archive below

Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow

A Brief History of Scarlett Johansson Suing Disney


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

Cannes 2021 Lineup Breakdown

A Brief History of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or


A.k.a. the sometime Grand Prix du Festival International du Film.

The Elephant Man

A Brief History of Mel Brooks, David Lynch and ‘The Elephant Man’


‘The Elephant Man’ is one of David Lynch’s best movies. Did you know that Mel Brooks was the one who hired him to direct it?

Steven Spielberg At Cannes

A Brief History of Steven Spielberg and Netflix


Steven Spielberg has signed a new multi-film deal with Netflix, but the two weren’t always friends.

horror-westerns history Pale Door

A Brief History of Horror-Westerns


Horror and Westerns are two distinct genres, but they’ve proven to be strong companions throughout the years.

Hollywood Sign (Sean Pavone /

A Brief History of the Hollywood Sign


Now entering its 97th year, the famous landmark has changed and evolved throughout the last century.

Mad Max Ripoffs List

A Brief History of ‘Mad Max’ Ripoffs


Battletrucks? Bikers? Barbarians? Cannibals? Car chases? You name it. These shameless copycats of George Miller’s iconic action franchise know what fans want to see.

Bounty Law

A Brief History of Quentin Tarantino and the Small Screen


The ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ director is turning the movie’s fictional show ‘Bounty Law’ into a miniseries. But he is no stranger to television.

Brad Astra

A Brief History of the Oscars Brad Pitt Should Already Have


One of our most gifted performers has never won an Academy Award for acting, but he’s been deserving of quite a few.