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Five things we think you'll really like, from the soundtrack to a new Dylan biopic, to Pixar's latest masterpiece.

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More freewheelin' Bob Dylan

In the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, six actors – including Cate Blanchett! – portray the iconic songwriter. The soundtrack invites over 30 artists to play Dylan. The best cut is "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the duo from the film "Once," but covers by Eddie Vedder, The Black Keys, Sonic Youth, Sufjan Stevens, Los Lobos and Cat Power are all stellar.

Rat in the kitchen

For the first, and only, time in history, rodents and gourmet food make for a glorious combination in Ratatouille, Pixar's Michelin-guide worthy confection, now on DVD. The film, about a rat who wants to be a chef, proves once again that no other animation studio pays as much attention to story and character as it does turning pixels into fine art .

Sitter search

Word of mouth can be great. But the hunt for reliable caregivers – for children, elders, or pets – can turn frantic once your top options are exhausted. Emerging helpmate: The site, searchable by zip code, turns up listed caregivers (and tutors) and enables contact. Basic membership (including search function and some video interviews) is free; $10 a month (after a $30 fee) allows unlimited access plus the ability to post jobs and request background checks.

Runaway 'Runway' success

As Heidi Klum tirelessly reminds viewers of Project Runway, "in fashion, you're either in or you're out." On the eve of the Bravo reality show's fourth season (Wed., Nov. 14, 10 p.m. EST), the search for America's best new designer is still very much in – it's as chic as a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress.

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