Who knows what it is about Jared that Tom has such a hard time lying to him. He just cracks under the pressure!

Incidentally,  the counters for the Web Comics List reset this week, so if you'd like to lend your support by voting for Theater Hopper, that would be great. Right now we're getting spanked by my good buddy "Mighty" Mitch Clem who recently launched a new comic called San Antonio Rock City. It's hard to begrudge him. The comic is flat-out hilarious. Autobiographical and honest. Two great tastes that go great together.

Now let's rip that number one spot out of his hands like the proverbial baby from which candy is stolen.

Originally I was going to do a comic about how lame the remake for When A Stranger Calls looked, but I'd be telling you guys something you already know. When I started to pick up vibrations that "media analysts" were predicting the forthcoming Oscar's telecast to be one of the lowest rated ever... Well, it just tied in too perfectly with Wednesday strip, so I decided to follow the narrative thread.

Sidebar: Can I call myself a "media analyst" since I draw this comic and write this blog? I'd like to think I can. I'm going to start putting "media analyst" on all my business cards. It's not like you have to be accredited for such things...

Back on track. It doesn't surprise me that analysts are handicapping the broadcast. Really, I don't think it matters. So what if there were no huge blockbusters this year that the Academy could get behind. Truthfully, I'd rather see a smaller picture like Brokeback Mountain go home with the Oscar for Best Picture than some bloated epic like Titanic. Anything that might jolt the Hollywood system from it's slumber I think is good. Maybe they'll realize that they've been beaten out of their own game by the independents and go back to making, y'know, FILMS THAT MATTER!

Quick question: Have you guys noticed a shift in tone in regards to Brokeback Mountain since it emerged as the Oscar frontrunner - the film with the most nominations?

This used to be The Little Movie That Could. Lots of big obstacles for a gay-themed romance to make it big in the flyover states. Lots of chatter about how "brave" Heath Ledger and Jake Googlely-hall were for risking their careers with these roles.

Now that it's been established that almost everyone loves it. (Well, everyone except Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller) it seems as though  people have turned their back on the notion that Ledger is the front-runner for the Best Actor award. People are starting to resent his mumbling performance as an "actory" tic. More and more people seem to be siding with Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his performance in Capote. To me, he's looking less and less like a dark horse as time goes by. Maybe people aren't willing to let Ledger slide after making films like The Four Feathers and The Order.

Admittedly, Ledger looked like he was just about finished career-wise. Brokeback reinvigorated him in the minds of audiences. That's huge collateral right there. Maybe it's best not to get too greedy and walk off with that statue. Especially in the light that Hoffman has quietly being doing his thing and rocking each and every performance he's ever given. Often times, he's the best thing about any movie he's in. He was certainly the best thing in Along Came Polly - the only movie on his recent resume that I would consider a career misstep.

At any rate, there's something to be said for workman-like effciency. He does a good job. He should be recognized for it. I say this without even having seen Capote yet. Damn, I need to amend that.

Anyway, just random thoughts floating around in my head.

Hey, Americans! Do you have plans for the Superbowl this weekend? We're going to a friends house. I'm going with the Steelers even though I know nothing about either team. I guess I saw the playoffs and it seems to me the Steelers want it more. Beyond that, I'll have my eye out for new commercials.

Last thing I'll mention THE BIG SALE that's been going on in the store since last week will wrap up on Monday, February 6th. That means this weekend is your last opportunity to take advantage of super-low prices on all garments. T-shirts are $9.99. Baby-doll tees are $14.99 and our lone, remaining hoodie is $24.99. Inventory is limited, but all quantities posted are up to date. Take advantage of this sale! I'm taking them down after next Monday, so this weekend is your last chance!

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↓ Transcript
Media analysts are predicting this year's Oscars will be the lowest rated ever because no one has seen the nominated movies!

Heh, heh!

What kind of lame jerks hasn't seen those movies yet?

Have you seen all of the nominated movies?

YES!

You have to be the worst liar ever, Tom!

Why would you say that?

Well, you pissed your pants, for starters!

No... No I didn't?