We learned a very important lesson this week: If you're trying to give away crap, don't make people work for it. Also, maybe give away better stuff.
On Tuesday, we offered copies of the direct-to-DVD sequels Death Race 2 and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 to the individuals who sent the most original plot suggestions for such uncalled-for second installments. And we were overwhelmed by exactly zero responses. Chastened, we now offer the following revision: You can take them off our hands just by being the first to email scottr[at]cityweekly.net indicating that you actually want one of 'em.
But wait, there's more! We're also taking this opportunity to announce the First Annual City Weekly Predict the Oscars competition. Awards will be handed out in 24 categories at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 27, all of which are noted here. Send your predictions in all 24 categories -- yes, that includes the short films -- no later than 5 p.m. Friday, February 25 to scottr[at]cityweekly.net, along with the tie-breaker prediction of when the broadcast will end local time (as marked by the hosts' "good night" sign-off). The prize package will include: True Grit T-shirt and baseball cap; The Social Network original soundtrack CD; paperback copies of the Oscar nominated screenplays for Toy Story 3 and 127 Hours; and a couple of DVDs, including Secretariat and It's Kind of a Funny Story. Winners must be able to pick up their prizes at the City Weekly office, 248 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays.
Now let's see if that's stuff that anyone's willing to put in some work for.