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Rumors swirled for a bit that Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard had been pulled from Netflix to capitalize on her death. But hold your horses: Netflix says it's not true. [AllThingsD]

Conan O'Brien won a background role on How I Met Your Mother in a charity auction last year. It aired last night, and he really wanted to be inconspicuous. The problem is the limited supply of extraordinarily tall redheads, which caused him to stick out so clearly that he was instantly recognizable. [Vulture]

There's a very interesting essay at the A.V. Club arguing that all nine of this year's Best Picture contenders are about the same thing: reassurance in the face of change. [The A.V. Club]

Whether the sculpture that's causing a ruckus in Sarah Palin's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska is NSFW (that is, Not Safe For Work due to adult content) really depends on your interpretation and whether you see what the people who don't like it see. [The Los Angeles Times]

Also from the L.A. Times: the L.A. Opera has a new idea for introducing folks who have never been to the opera to the form. They're offering cheap tickets to people who want to bring along their inexperienced friends. [The Los Angeles Times]

Steve McQueen (the director, not the late actor) thinks the reason Michael Fassbender didn't get an Academy Award nomination for his role as a sex addict in McQueen's Shame is that Americans are afraid of sex. So there's that. [The Guardian]

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