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Hey... I Just Wanted to Take Another Look at A Star Is Born Hey... I Just Wanted to Take Another Look at A Star Is Born

We can’t stop thinking about A Star is Born—2018's remake of the 1976 remake of the 1954 remake of the 1937 film (itself conspicuously similar to a 1932 film), but fortunately, there’s a lot to explore.

Kid Nation: The Reunion Kid Nation: The Reunion

When Kid Nation premiered on CBS in September 2007, it was quick to attract comparisons to Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s dystopic novel about a “society” of boys plane-wrecked on a desert island (these days, The Hunger Games would probably be a more current analogy). In rounding up the reviews, Jezebel…

It’s Ryan Murphy’s World and We’re All Just Living in It It’s Ryan Murphy’s World and We’re All Just Living in It

From the campy Glee to the Emmy-sweeping American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy knows how to give us exactly what—and who—we want. Now that he’s signed a multi-year, multi-hundred million dollar deal with Netflix, it’s clear we’ll be watching Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Connie Briton, Jessica Lange, and the rest of the…

Is Crazy Rich Asians the Start of a Revolution?  Is Crazy Rich Asians the Start of a Revolution? 

When Crazy Rich Asians debuted to almost unanimous praise, media outlets and critics heralded its arrival as the first step in a resurgence of Asian American stories being told on the big screen in a way that felt significant. The timing of Netflix’s sweet, glossy YA romcom To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was…

The Specific, Squishy Satisfaction of Gross-out Reality TV The Specific, Squishy Satisfaction of Gross-out Reality TV

Reality TV is gross in many ways, but perhaps the most underrated subgenre is the gross-out series—shows about plastic surgery, medical emergencies, and other bodily horrors that pass, for the most part, as entertainment.

'It's Like Pouring Gasoline on a Fire:' Alexis Haines of Pretty Wild on the Perils of Celebrity Addiction 'It's Like Pouring Gasoline on a Fire:' Alexis Haines of Pretty Wild on the Perils of Celebrity Addiction

This week, we step back from our usual jokes, laughter, and gentle but well-meaning judgment about celebrities, their foibles, and the curious choices in romantic partners to focus on something a little more serious.

Make Rom-coms Great Again Make Rom-coms Great Again

An upcoming J. Lo film revolving around mistaken identity. A movie starring Drew Barrymore, also revolving around mistaken identity. A romantic comedy starring a woman with the surname Roberts. Either we’ve been transported to the year 2000, or the romcom is back. Again.

What Could Possibly Outlast These Whirlwind Celebrity Engagements? What Could Possibly Outlast These Whirlwind Celebrity Engagements?

Love is in the air. But not just any kind of love—it’s the kind of love that is so deep, so all-consuming, so desperate for validation that it can only propel itself to greater and gaudier displays of affection, louder and clearer declarations of itself, until it reaches its logical conclusion: the quickie celebrity…

Let's Escape the Dumpster Fire That Is 2018 With a Visit to the Early 2000s Let's Escape the Dumpster Fire That Is 2018 With a Visit to the Early 2000s

Another year, another group of disappointing It Girls. Nothing has lived up to the golden era of 2000s celebrity gossip, the wild triumvirate of Paris, Lindsay, and Britney. So why not just relive it?

How This Dangerous 'Spiritual Guru' Is Like an Instagram Influencer How This Dangerous 'Spiritual Guru' Is Like an Instagram Influencer

On this very spiritual episode of DirtCast, Madeleine Davies and Megan Reynolds get the behind-the-scenes dirt on Gizmodo’s crazy new podcast The Gateway, with host Jennings Brown and producer Jessica Glazer.

We Sat Down with a Gallery Girl to Revisit Bravo's Forgotten Reality Shows We Sat Down with a Gallery Girl to Revisit Bravo's Forgotten Reality Shows

Ever since Bravo created The It Factor in 2002, the network has been churning out reality shows like they’re practically free to make (because they are). While many of these shows have made their stars into household names—in all the households that matter, at least—others have drifted into obscurity, seemingly…

DirtCast Investigates What Makes a Summer Anthem  DirtCast Investigates What Makes a Summer Anthem 

Picture the best and most beautiful summer’s day: A slight breeze, medium humidity, the sun shining on only part of your face as you sit half-in, half-out of the shade. Perhaps there’s a popsicle in your hand, or maybe an iced beverage. A car blows past you on the street, its windows wide open. What song do you hear?

The Magnificent Meghan Markle  The Magnificent Meghan Markle 

Meghan Markle has already stepped into her role as the Duchess of Sussex with the ease, grace, and dignity befitting a Suits star, but we at Dirtcast are not quite ready to let these beautiful, British nuptials go into that good night.

Wintour of Our Discontent: What Does It Take to Get Into the Met Gala? Wintour of Our Discontent: What Does It Take to Get Into the Met Gala?

With this year’s Met Gala, in all its heretical glory, solidly in our rearview, we—your humble DirtCast hosts—decided to take a closer look at this curious cultural institution and its role in the celebrity ecosystem.

I Believe YouTubers Are the Future I Believe YouTubers Are the Future

Like with any age demographic, it’s hard to characterize teens with one blanket description. Some are smart and some are dumb. Some are polite and some gather in groups and heckle you (okay, me) on the subway. There are those, like the Parkland teenagers, who are informed and brave activists and then there are others…

What Makes a Horror Movie Good? What Makes a Horror Movie Good?

Horror movies—schlocky, gory, full of jump scares, and shrieking violins—are rarely “good” by critical standards. But now that Get Out’s Jordan Peele won an Oscar, and Jim Halpert’s The Quiet Place is set to spend another week at the top of the box office charts, it is time to take a closer look at the genre.

Talking to the Delightful Creators of the 'Lea Michele Can’t Read' Conspiracy Talking to the Delightful Creators of the 'Lea Michele Can’t Read' Conspiracy

In 2017, podcasters Jaye Hunt and Robert Ackerman of “One More Thing” posted a Facebook Live video presenting a slideshow they’d made to elucidate a theory of their own creation: that Lea Michele, the star of Glee, can neither read nor write.

It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Shiplap, French Doors, and Fixer Upper It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Shiplap, French Doors, and Fixer Upper

This week’s very special episode of Dirtcast comes via listener request!

2 Teams, 2 Days, and Many Tears: Revisiting the Joy of Trading Spaces 2 Teams, 2 Days, and Many Tears: Revisiting the Joy of Trading Spaces

It is difficult to remember a time before home renovation shows dominated the airwaves, but stretch the limts of your memory all the way back to the early 2000s, when a little show called Trading Spaces made its debut.

The Terminally Delightful BenDeLaCreme Tells All! The Terminally Delightful BenDeLaCreme Tells All!

BenDeLaCreme’s charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent shines as bright as the top of the Chrysler Building. So naturally, we had to sit her down for a chat.

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