Dave Matthews's Crush or Drew Barrymore's Pinot: Which Celebrity Wine to Bring to Your Holiday Dinner

It’s the holidays, which means it’s the time of the year when many of us will be turning to the bottle—either to complement our Christmas dinners or make it through our hometown visits. So what celebrity wine (because why drink a pleb wine when you have the celebrity option?) should you turn to first?

A Veteran Entertainment Reporter Searches for God in Hell on Earth, A.K.A Hollywood

We’ve dedicated a couple episodes of DirtCast to Hollywood religions (listen to our episodes on Scientology and the rise and fall of Kabbalah here and here), but thus far we’ve yet to immerse ourselves in the fad religions ourselves. We’ll leave that to this week’s guest, E! News anchor and author of the new book The…

Ian Somerhalder 'Threw Out' Nikki Reed's Birth Control Pills So She Would Get Pregnant 

Ian Somerhalder and his wife Nikki Reed were guests on a podcast called Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast this week. I have no idea who Dr. Berlin is, but both he and his cohost, a midwife named Blyss Young, appear to be quite good at making their guests comfortable, because Somerhalder told an upsetting story…

This Exchange Between Alec Baldwin and Sheila Nevins Makes Exactly One of Them Look Weird

Sheila Nevins, the 78-year-old President of HBO Documentary Films who has won more individual Primetime Emmys (32) than any other person (oh, she also has 46 Peabodys and 26 Oscars), was a guest on Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s the Thing this week to promote her new book, You Don’t Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales…

Why Disability Rights Activists Put Their Lives on the Line to Protest Trumpcare

There are a lot of people to thank for last week’s failure to pass the Obamacare replacement and repeal bill in the Senate, including the three Republican senators who broke with party lines to vote against the bill. But the role that activists played—particularly women and advocates for disability rights—cannot be…

Texas Law Allows Child Welfare Agencies to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Foster Children and Adoptive Parents

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into a law House Bill 3859, which allows religious (and tax-payer funded!) foster care and adoption agencies to deny services “under circumstances that conflict with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs.” In other words, when this law goes into effect,…

After Allegations of Misconduct, What on Earth Will This Season of Bachelor in Paradise Look Like?

For the first time ever, ABC’s Bachelor spinoff Bachelor in Paradise is getting people to take it seriously. To the show’s discredit, this was accomplished through dark and unethical circumstances when two contestants’ alcohol-infused sexual encounter (not a first for BiP) lead to an internal investigation and bigger…