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                      Movies based on real life stories get people talking. It’s not very often though that those same movies get a government to rethink its laws. But that’s exactly what happened in South Korea after a movie based on the true story of a sexual abuse scandal at a school for the deaf was released last month.

Here are a few more pumpkin related things I can totally get behind! I wouldn’t eat these, but boy are they neat to look at. Refinery 29 took a creative, designer-inspired approach to good ole fashioned pumpkin carving. My pumpkins are looking decidedly uncool compared to these babies, but maybe that just means it’s time to get creative. One thing’s for sure, this proves there’s more than one way to embrace fall style! Inspiration for the above pumpkin should be obvious (Louis Vuitton!).

  A few years back I used to volunteer for The Pacific Center, an LGBT community center in Berkeley, California. I was on a speaking bureau with a group of other youth who would go to schools and organizations to speak out against homophobia and promote "tolerance." There was this game we would play, gender gumby, that demonstrates the differences in sexuality and gender expression. What we would figure out as a group is that  gender identity and sexuality is different from one person to the next. No one person is the same and most don’t fall into one set category.

When Just Chill sent the BUST office a few cans of their “Tropical Chill”-flavored stress-relieving elixir, we were all pretty curious, but I was especially eager to test it out.  I’m running on too little sleep, working two jobs, and my left eye has been twitching for like, two weeks.   “Do you have a boss?” the promotional insert asks.

John Fiske writes in his book Television Culture, "A representation of a car chase only makes sense in relation to all the others we have seen." This very notion is what makes Nicolas Winding Refn's  Drive, bewildering, as the film doesn't ascribe to the formulas of the past. It's mobster, meets 80's action, meets film noir, and audiences just aren't used to that. Ryan Gosling plays Driver, a stuntman by day and chauffeur for big time robbery at night. What immediately insights a post-modern feeling of the self-aware is the movie's metatheatre.

For all you Tegan and Sara fans out there who may not have heard, there is going to be a new DVD about the singing duo! The Canadian cuties take us on an adventure through their international tour and concerts in their latest project, Get Along. The movies (there are three), also show their relationship as sisters and artists, on and off stage. If any of you have been to a Tegan and Sara show, you know how interactive they are with their audience.

In The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, a documentary airing tonight on HBO, Dee Dee Ricks is a wealthy, materialistic socialite who has everything--including breast cancer. She is lucky to have the money and health insurance to provide herself with her needed health care. But the piling medical bills are a sobering life changer for Dee Dee, as she becomes empathetic to women with breast cancer who aren’t as lucky as she is.

               For the last 27 days, Canadian dairy farmer, Michael Schmidt, has been surviving on only one glass of raw milk a day. Since selling raw milk or unpasteurized milk is illegal in Canada, the goal of Schmidt’s hunger strike is to get a real discussion going about why that is.

Portland-based poet/photographer/collage artist Delilah Jones' groovy cosmic dreamscapes are steeped in magic-- and milkshakes. After falling in love with the Pacific Northwest on an epic post-grad road trip, New York-raised Jones took a job at an ice cream shop in Portland; she worked on collages between customers and admits she made "more art than milkshakes.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a new documentary that explores the trials and tribulations of one of America’s most acclaimed writers. Walker became the first African-American woman to win the Noble Prize for Literature in 1983 for The Color Purple. In 1985 a film version was made starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and a then unknown Oprah Winfrey. Four years in the making and set to premiere on PBS as part of the Emmy Award–winning  series American Masters is almost 85 percent complete, but needs our help to get through the last stretch.