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RIP Cinemagic (2007-2011)

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here warning you not to let the exclamation point in my salutation persuade you to believe I'm in a cheerful mood because I am not. Not at all. In a matter of hours my favorite SiriusXM radio station will be no more. The network has decided to remove their all-filmmusic channel from the subscriber based satellite airwaves and relegate it to an internet and mobile app channel only.

Cinemagic (Channel 73) has long been my favorite satellite radio channel. It was the sole reason I went with XM over Sirius back in 2007. Even though the network offered top quality programming spanning hundreds of channels I listened to Cinemagic alsmost exclusively (sporting events were the only time I'd turn to another station).

 

 

Not only has the channel been an entertaining and enjoyable station to listen to but it's been a stalwart champion of the entire film industry. In 2009, Cinemagic ran a week-long tribute in honor of the late Jerry Goldsmith's 80th birthday. Just yesterday the station ran five uninterrupted hours of Bernard Herrmann music in honor of his 100th birthday. They're the first out of the gate playing brand new film scores many of which might not have been released yet. They frequently featured interviews with directors, actors, composers, cinematographers, and others in the industry.

That kind of attention, devotion, and commemoration was keenly unique to Cinemagic and all those in the film music industry will forever be indebeted.

The good news is that the channel will remain on the internet. A sorry consolation prize if you ask me but I do admit it's better than total banishment. Their flagship interview program "Reel Time" which features interviews with many different people from the film community will move to Channel 104 "SiriusXM Stars Too" on Thursdays and Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They will also occasionally feature film music related programming on other channels throughout the year.

So why the demise? I don't have any inside information but one can only assume it's a bottom line decision. I'm not going to profess that I grasp the economics and business principles of satellite radio; however, I won't be bashful in expressing my disdain for the decision either. I'll admit that filmmusic is indeed a niche interest; however, it will forever piggyback on the insane global popularity of cinema. I've lectured and written about film music for many years. No matter who I'm talking to or where they come from there are always attentive bodies hanging on every word. This is not so much a commentary on the popularity of filmmusic but rather cinema as a whole. Everybody loves movies! The fact that SiriusXM has decided to exorcise the one channel representing the global popularity of film is simply baffling to me.

So what can we do? Those who are as dismayed as I am should drop SiriusXM a thoughtful word or two regarding their decision to pull Cinemagic from the airwaves.

The primary feedback form for SiriusXM can be found HERE.

For that extra personal touch you can call the network at (866) 635-2349.

You can write them a letter and mail it to the address below:

SiriusXM
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Finally, I would encourage every supporter of Cinemagic to email the host and lifeblood of the channel Dave Ziemer at cinemagic@siriusxm.com. Dave will still be operating the channel for online streaming and your words of support would be most appreciated.

For more information regarding the switch you can check out the Cinemagic web page at SiriusXM.com.

As for me, my days of being a SiriusXM subscriber will effectively end at midnight tonight.

 

 

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  • June 30, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Obit for a satellite radio station

    by lostboytexas

    But no Ryan Dunn obit? Are you taking the fucking piss?

  • June 30, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    another thing you can do...

    by omarthesnake

    ...accept that the channel flopped and quit wasting peoples' time whining that the thing you liked wasn't popular enough for them to bother keeping.

  • June 30, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    LOL RADIO ...

    by golden tribw

  • June 30, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Sirius/XM has chosen real music and here's why

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    nobody wants to listen to 24 hours of long cacophonous violin interludes backed up by a staccato of 25 kettle drums beating like a thunderstorm. People would rather listen to actual 'songs'

  • June 30, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    also, eat it all u Ryan Dunn fans. an XM channel just got an obit on AICN. LOL

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • June 30, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Maybe AICN doesnt do obits for drunken manslaughter

    by Saen

    Maybe they were with Ebert in not celebrating the life of a man who took a life with his own while driving drunk at 130mph. Maybe people who do phenomenally stupid shit and end up killing people should not get held in the same regard as people who dont.

  • June 30, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    AICN hasn't done an obit on Comic Legend Gene Colan either

    by tphile2

  • June 30, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Here's your Ryan Dunn obit.

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Harry here. You know, Yoko and I were talking the other day about what a jackass I am, and...I kid you not...the very next day. Ryan Dunn died. Seriously. Makes you think doesn't it. I mean, when I was a kid, my dad would always buy me matchbox cars, and of course, like any kid. I would shove them up my ass. But I never thought about putting them in a condom first. And then going. To the doctor. It was that kind of brilliants that made me love Ryan Dunn like Clint Eastwood covered in honey. And so now. As I drink this beer and remember. Ryan Dunn. It just makes the unbelievable pain a little bit more bareable. One day, maybe he'll get a little bit of the recognition he deserves. For bringing such joy into our lives. Until then, jackasses of the world. He will be missed. Like Frankenberry cereal. R.I.P. Frankenberry. R.I.P. Ryan Dunn. May they both rest in peace.

  • June 30, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    (cont.)

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    P.s. I just know he would have loved seeing the new Captain America movie. Giggle. But what do you think?

  • June 30, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    Brav-fucking-O! Although you forgot to mention about all the sex he had at beautiful women while at international film festivals.

  • June 30, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, but you really have to be an idiot to pay for radio.

    by ninpobugei

  • June 30, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Damn that sucks. I had XM radio for a year or two and that is ALL I listened to.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    They had some great interviews on there. It always excited me when they played something awesome and I recognized it within seconds.

  • June 30, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    First they start fucking with Stern

    by Badger23

    Now this. Quite the brain trust they have over there at Sirius.

  • June 30, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Mel Karmazin

    by Hercules

    has got to go go goooooooooooooooooo

  • June 30, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Replaced by a Mormon radio station

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Fuck them and their many wives.

  • June 30, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Enough with Ryan Fucking Dunn

    by Lucasblows

  • June 30, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Fucking with Stern??

    by LethargicJ

    Paying him hundreds of millions to do a radio show a few times a month? That's fucking with somebody? He has to "work" 6 times in July and 9 times in August and get paid all that money? Please, somebody fuck with me!

  • June 30, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    They drop Cinemagic, but keep Gay Radio

    by Razorsox

    So there is a bigger market for Gay Radio than film music? As a subscriber of XM, I'm disappointed by this news. I enjoyed the Reel Time interviews and listen to this daily.

  • June 30, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    For a radio company that includes

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Numerous stations that play Metallica, Elvis, Sinatra, the dead, pearl jam, neil diamond respectively, I don't see why cinematic did not have a place. This whole concept is about niche. If I want to listen to songs from the 50s or hipster shit that less cool people will hear about after I do or tropicalia..this was the place. Cinemagic was the sole reason why I fell in love with XM..my boss had it at work. It made my day go by..there's nothing like hearing Conan or total recall while droning on at work. I'll miss popflix I'll miss the interviews, like the 8 hr Zimmer special they did..which actually got me to appreciate his earlier stuff. I remember buying my car and listening to Sirius on the way home from the dealership. You can bet your ass cinemagic was playing. Sad to see this station go. Mad to see it replaced by one of many Christian stations. RIP cinemagic

  • June 30, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    But star trek will be streaming at midnight

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The circle of life is complete.

  • June 30, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    dolphin jacuzzi

    by Muldoon

    that was genuinely funny

  • June 30, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Fucking Stern?

    by Pitdoc

    He's suing them because they didn't pay him X amount of dollars for new listeners, which was in his contract.But he wants to get paid for every XM listener who joined the company DUE TO A MERGER , not because they joined or wanted to listen to Howard . Meanwhile everybody at the company hasn't gotten a raise in 4 yrs due to his paycheck , and I'm sure channels like Cinemagic had to go because they "couldn't afford it".

  • July 1, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    XM Radio Was Consumed by the Crap that is Sirius

    by D_Time

    Ever since the merger, Sirius has slowly destroyed what was good about XM. That multiple channels devoted to Hip-Hop, Country and others as well as have the stupid artist exlusive channels that play the same shit ad nauseum while getting rid of the ONE Punk channel that I loved and now get rid of another awesome channel that is Cinemagic. SiriusXM blows. But hey, cool, they have KISS FM. Good thing. I wasn't sure I could get my commercials with my TOP 40 music without satellite radio around.

  • July 1, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Wasted my Piss and Vinegar on Clarence

    by Robothomer

    ...when I should have saved it for this stupid obit. damn! now I won't be able to hear John Williams every five minutes on my overpriced sat. radio.

  • July 1, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Sirius blows

    by PorkChopXpress

    I bought into it back in 2007 with my new car and frankly, it's a lot like cable...a ton of channels I don't care about, with 4-5 that I actually do. But then, over time, those channels started to suck more...then when they merged with XM and reshuffled things, it got lamer. They lost Bubba The Love Sponge from the Stern channels and do nothing now but play old Stern clips...*groan* Not to mention Liquid Metal sucks balls now, with wall-to-wall "metalcore" thanks to Jose Mangan's lame musical taste...and DJ's like Scotty that do nothing but irritate the living shit out of me, in between tracks from shit bands that nobody actually listens to, except on Sirius. When my subscription expires, I'm not going back.

  • July 1, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck listens to movie scores?

    by oogles

    Ya, I get it. Scores add a lot to a film. But who wants to sit around and listen to them while not watching a movie? Do you listen to Hans Zimmer drag a bow across a violin string from The Dark Knight? Or perhaps a single note on a piano played repeatedly from Eyes Wide Shut? Not to mention, if you have sirius/xm subscription, then what is the big deal about logging in online and listening if it means that much to you? I never understood why anyone would sit around listening to a film score. Apparently 23 million people with Sirius XM subscriptions who also didn't care to listen agree with me. It reminds me of this kid I went to high school with who put the audio of Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail on a tape and would listen to it in class.

  • July 1, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Aw, crap!

    by Yelsaeb

    I listen to this every day! Son of a pig! I wouldn't be that sad if my Internet was worth a penny but, sadly, it isn't. It takes five minutes just to load this site. I weep.

  • That would be like the coolest thing ever. We could all call in and call Harry all the names we call him on the talkbacks, but it would live, over the air, transmitted all over the fucking world! Asimovlives could call in and explain how he's going to hunt down and kill J.J. Abrams and his entire family. Plus thechoppah could call in and tell Beaks to dig up Ryan Dunn's corpse and dry hump it.

  • when you're home listen on your PC. Right? I mean, if its an internet station its not like you can't listen to it anymore. Phones are basically pocket sized computers now, so just stream that shit when you're on the road. Shouldn't really be a problem at home.

  • So why did you decide to comment on an article about a station that plays film scores? Just to piss out your stupid, worthless opinion? Congratulations, it doesn't change a thing and you should promptly kill yourself.

  • July 1, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Ryan Dunn.....

    by Fritzlorrerains

    AIC snubbed you hard brutha.

  • July 1, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    This really sucks.

    by Solitus

    Whenever I'm driving my mom's car or somewhere else with satellite radio, this is one of the two stations I loved to listen to. Movie scores are awesome listening. I used them for inspiration while drawing, mood-setting music for reading and for holidays, epic journey music for driving. You can't always watch a movie, but the music can help you relive it in your mind. That, or your imagination can take it to somewhere completely new. If you don't give a damn about movie music, then you have no business calling yourself a movie fan.

  • July 1, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    they needed more money for Howards Part Time Schedule

    by professorjack

    3 days a week, thats quality

  • July 1, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Satellite Radio Help Me Drive From Houston to LA

    by unblinkingeye

    I had to drive to and from LA to Houston back in December, which satellite radio was the only saving grace. Those long desert and mountain streches of nothing was filled by uninterrupted programing, which as soon as I got bored with one station I changed it to another. The only bad point was when I put it on Cinemagic it was some disco music playing! Arrgh!

  • July 1, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    by hydroxicut

    Funny, funny, funny.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Cinemagic was at least around since 2004 when I got my first car.

    by SagaciousPenguin

    It came with a free month of satellite radio. <p> I expected to let it expire. <p> Cinemagic is the only reason I didn't. <p> I've subscribed to XM for nearly 8 years and listened to Cinemagic for 99.5% of every car ride and car trip I've taken in that time. <p> For idiot saying this was a niche flop of a channel, niche flops don't last 8 years +. You may not listen to film scores, but I don't listen to rap or the generic pop shit that gets pumped out ad nauseum from so many more popular radio stations. <p> This is a sad reflection of how art is dismissed in today's age in favor of the bottom line. <p> Cinemagic will be sorely missed but fondly remembered. <p> Goodbye, XM subscription.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Oogles--really?!??!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Its funny that you use those two examples for your argument when bashing film scores. Yes the one note theme of the Joker is irritating when listening on its own, but that is only a fraction of the music fro the film..and the joker theme is usually interlaced within a bigger more listenable section of the score. And EYES WIDE SHUT? Do you not know your music? Or your Kubrick? Kubrick was famous for not creating scores for his films. I think his last known full score was waaaaaay back in 1960 with Spartacus. The remainder of his films used bits and pieces of known classical works and assembled them together, making them a cohesive structure. That piece you are referring to is meant to make the viewer uneasy, hence Kubrick's choice to place it in the film. Cinemagic does not usually play pieces like the one you cite. They want people to enjoy and experience and discover unsung treasures. Because of your ignorant comments, I feel that you are the perfect listener for Cinemagic. You feel that the music cannot exist outside of the constraints of the film. I wholeheartedly disagree. And if those two examples are all you know of film scores, then there is a brave new world out there waiting to be discovered. Its a shame to be late to the party. Where else on the radio are you going to hear John Carpenter scores? Or the luscious Epic Scores from Rozsa or Bernstein? You want Williams and Goldsmith? You got it. You like modern stuff like Zimmer and Powell? Its there too. But I'm sorry--hearing the scores for Krull and Excalibur and Conan the Barbarian and The Dark Crystal alongside THX-1138 and Battle Beyond the Stars and the March from 1941 on any given day is pretty damned special. Cinemagic allowed loved scores to be fully appreciated as well as letting unsung scores get recognized and discovered. And it will be missed.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Dunn doesn't deserve an obit on this site

    by alienindisguise

    Seeing how he wasn't a filmmaker, actor or anyone who was in anyway associated with films or good television. Doing stupid shit takes no talent.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Jaka

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    True, I guess that is one way around it..i usually listen to it on my iPod anyways.. still..

  • July 1, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    how much is satellite radio per month?

    by STLost

    Couldn't you cancel satellite radio, and buy one soundtrack CD (or album mp3) per month and rack up a sizeable collection, then stick on a thumbdrive or MP3 player and recreate Cinemagic with your own mix?

  • July 1, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    no way

    by DepressedDonkey

    AICN do a radio show? Fuck that. The negativity that reigns supreme here needs to be contained and kept here. The world doesn't need it.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    no way

    by DepressedDonkey

    AICN do a radio show? Fuck that. The negativity that reigns supreme here needs to be contained and kept here. The world doesn't need it.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    GenderBlender

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Is there anything you DO like? From now on your name is ChickenLittle. Let me know when the Era of Geek is coming to an end. I'll bring the bottle and you bring the glasses so you can see what hit ya.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    STLost

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Satellite radio is about $10 a month but some scores they play are hard to come by. They do play some obscure stuff sometimes. Try finding an official score for The Thing by Morricone or The Sugarland Express. And when these sought after scores finally do see the light, they are usually $30 a pop. Its hard out there being a film score pimp.

  • Oh and genderblender, bender, whatever you call yourself....go piss up a flagpole you stupid twat.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    How is this an orbit article??

    by Acid_Frio

    The station is moving onto the internet. Get over yourself and stop paying for radio.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    This Is Laughable

    by aceldama

    A station for movie music?! Sound is one of the worst parts of a movie. God invented closed captioning and mute buttons for a reason. Idiots.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    The best thing about this article?

    by D Ropaela

    It makes the DunnTards cry. Cry, DunnTards, cry! Cry your smoky tears!

  • July 1, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Acid Fro

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    So I should just listen to the free shit that jsut has both kinds of music--country and western! or should i scour through the wasteland of mainstream radio that is MOR TOP 40 shite? Oh wait, I forgot about all the annoying ads they play as often as the songs? which is it.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    aceldama

    by riggs_and_murtaghs_love_child

    The only laughable thing here is you, if you have no appreciation for what music can to for a movie, then you have no place here. Glee is on, better run and DVR that shit. Clean your room first, don't want Mommy to ground you. Moron.

  • July 1, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I Got Sirius XM for $25 Bucks for 5 Months

    by kevinwillis.net

    For the summer and the fall. After that's done, I'm canceling. I love the era channels, handy to have uninterrupted pop music for the kids, but $5 a month is about all it's worth to me. I listened to Cinemagic once. I prefer switching between the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s stations to hear something I haven't heard in years and see if it evokes a unique memory.

  • Right up there with Super 8 Filmmaker for the aspiring movie professional. I remember in particular an article by Craig Reardon of Poltergiest fame on making slush latex appliances. Anyone else remember Cinemagic?

  • July 1, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Sad

    by Dr.007

    I definitely enjoyed cinemagic. Loved their sci-fi and horror classic shows, enjoyed hearing new scores before the movies were released and always thought a John Williams march made for some great driving music. The eclectic mix meant that sometimes you id get the slow lugubrious scores but the joy of radio is the option to look elsewhere and come back to something better. considering all the redundant crap stations this cut is a damn shame. I'll just load up my cars hard drive with scores and hit the playlist mix button. next i'll cancel SiriusXM.

  • July 1, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by Dr.007

    Bravo on your reply to Oogles

  • July 1, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    The only reason I had XM in the car

    by Franxious

    and only last month paid for a year up front. Sucks ass and won't be renewing again.

  • July 1, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by slone13

    I've been looking for Morricone's The Thing score for a while now. Can't find that shit anywhere for under $50. Some greedy bitches want as much as $80.

  • July 1, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    I gotta agree

    by Son of the Suns

    You can't RIP something if it just moved house.

  • July 1, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Son of the suns

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    But isnt that what we do when we die? Just move on from this house to the next house metaphorically speaking. Pass the joint

  • July 1, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Cinemagic is a GREAT channel for film lovers

    by ZoeFan

    Can't tell you how many times I've gotten out of a tough day of work and the Predator score, Total Recall score or Back to the Future score was playing and it put me back in a good mood. At least the streaming option is still available.

  • July 1, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Just listen to Geek Time on 100/101

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Only once a week on Saturday but they replay on Monday mornings.

  • July 1, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Scott Greenstein needs to go.

    by Nick

    That mother-f*cker has gotten away with murder at SiriusXM. MURDER.

  • July 1, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    How do they track the listeners.

    by TheJudger

    Fucking Pearl Jam has it's own station, but Cinemagic cant stay on. WTF? That station was the sound of film man. Theres nothing wrong with this station damnit!

  • July 1, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    genderbender

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    As stated before, Marvel should give fuck all how DC fails at making films. Marvel has continually hit it out of the park and will do so with Captain America and Avengers. The only reason they might be curtailing the budget now is because they are trying to make MORE PROFIT! they know it is gonna kill and they less they spend on it the more they make. Its a guaranteed hit. Your theory would be sound except THOR 2 and IRON MAN 3 have got release dates in 2013 comparable to THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA in 2011. If they were truly worried, they would spread them out to reap maximum profits. As Pacino exclaimed, this comic book craze is just getting warmed up! Next time do your homework before coming outside to play with the big boys. Or better yet--diddle yourself to your YA standbys Goosebumps and The Babysitters Club. CHOPPED

  • July 1, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Dunn was a bum!

    by ZodNotGod

    A drunken, loser bum. I'm so glad I don't drink. It's awesome to make fun of those who do.

  • July 1, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    genderbender

    by SagaciousPenguin

    So radio stations et all should only produce based on what's most popular? No one should take risks for art or for the sake of discovering something new or broadening taste anymore? <p> I certainly get that film music isn't mainstream, and I certainly get that the fastest way to make cash is to be as mainstream (i.e. bland and by-the-numbers) as possible, but that's a rather sad mantra to resign yourself to. It's the kind of base tactics we constantly rip Hollywood a new one over, and there's no reason we shouldn't hold radio stations to the same standards -- particularly radio stations like SiriusXM that have an onslaught of channels and claim to offer variety for all tastes. <p> You may think it's awesome that "the math" is adding up and things that niche groups adore are being shunned because the masses don't care, but when you add up all the niches together you get a very large group of disappointed people -- and a very large amount of interesting art that's no longer being given a chance at popularity. You and I celebrate very different things apparently. Enjoy your reason, your math, and your money. I'll cling to my hope that what's "different" can still find a home.

  • Are you complaining about the loss of quality?You can probably download it at a higher bitrate. Be proper nerds and net enable your cars and toilet seats

  • July 1, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    stlost

    by SagaciousPenguin

    One of the great things about Cinemagic is that it did a great job blending all kinds of obscure soundtracks with very popular ones. Discovering something new and wonderful on the channel was a constant development for me. <p> I've lost count of the number of albums I've bought, composers I've discovered, and movies I've seen purely as a result of hearing music or an interview on the channel. <p> I never would have seen Let the Right One In were it not for Cinemagic. I never would have discovered Miyazaki. After hearing a music from Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away many times on the channel, I ended up watching his entire cannon of films. <p> Listening in wasn't just about hearing your favorite tunes, it was about exploring the world of cinema and cinema music.

  • July 1, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    sagaciouspenguin: Props.

    by STLost

    I see the light.

  • Before I made a career adjustment I was going to work in special make-up effects. I was already corresponding and calling Dick Smith in the early 80's. Not only was he incredible generous with his time, he passed along the mailing address for Chris Walas, Rick Baker, Craig Reardon and Kevin Haney. Now in the day of email, Facebook and Twitter it's even more amazing to me they took time to write back. But until meeting him, I didn't correspond with Baker, just to be clear. Dick said he wasn't much of a letter writer. Plus he was one of the busiest guys working at the time. I still have those letters. Craig was particularly detailed in his critiques of my work, which were very helpful. Later I got the bright idea to send them cassette tapes with pre-posted packaging. So instead of writing back in long hand, they could just answer my questions on tape and send them back.I have one or two from Chris Walas and more from Smith. I should pull those out and convert them to mp3's.

  • July 1, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    FACT: Howard Stern...

    by Kevin

    ...is the only thing keeping SiriusXM in business. When Stern leaves, I and the millions of Stern fans that keep this company afloat leave, too.

  • July 1, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Cinemagic the magazine...

    by schreck

    I loved this mag. I've managed to scrape up most of the issues and even after all this time you can still find some great ideas. I'm tempted to say bring it back, but I'm afraid in this digital effects era it just wouldn't be the same. Oh well.

  • ...was a big fan of Reardon's work - loved THE GATE!!

  • July 1, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    This sucks!!!!

    by krod

    This was one of my favorite channels

  • July 1, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Whaddya expect? Genderbender is a Kid Rock fan.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • July 2, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Sad right now that I canceled service BEFORE this

    by MoffatBabies

    happened so I could tell them this is why. It was a great channel. Oh I liked having Stern, too. And Sirius XMU. Well, that's really the reason I quit. Essentially I was paying for about 230 channels and listening to about 3 or 4. I'll go back. IF THEY BRING BACK CINEMAGIC!

  • July 2, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST

    v3d

    by MoffatBabies

    Loved that magazine. Used to get it and Starlog all the time. and... umm.. cracked

  • July 2, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    moffatbabies. Starlog, Fangoria and CINEFEX

    by v3d

    I still have a box of all my old Starlog and Fangoria magazines as well. But the best collection is every single issue of Cinefex going all the way back to issue #1 published in 1980. If anyone who regularly visits this site is interested in visual effects, then Cinefex is THE magazine to read.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Sirius listens to their subscribers

    by nyj_et

    Two years ago they decided they needed to cut costs and Backspin, the old-school hip-hop station was dropped. I send an email, got a reply email and even a phone call from a representative. And at no time did I ever threaten to unsubscribe. They just genuinely seemed concerned that I wasn't happy about their business decision. I guess enough people complained as well, because it's back, first it was on ch. 38 (out of category, but they had an opening for it there) and now it's back in category on channel 46. The fact that Cinemagic is still available online or with smartphone is encouraging. If you like this channel, follow Scorekeeper's link and take the time to fill out the feedback form. I recommend being courteous. Hercules, you're wrong about Mel Karmazin. He does the best he can with that which he has to work. He's got to do what's in the best interest of his employees and shareholders and that aint easy when you have morons out there saying you must be an idiot to pay for radio.

  • July 3, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    The reason that Ryan Dunn

    by Wheel99

    didnt get an obit is as follows. He was drinking and driving and speeding. It was a dick move. He could have just as easily went head on with a car and killed someone. Is that someone you want to pay tribute to?

  • July 3, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Of course the bigger dick move....

    by Wheel99

    is aicn actually caving to the talk back idiots and actually this guy an obit more than a week after he died.

  • July 3, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by oogles

    Imagine you put the same amount of thought and effort into moving out of your parents basement, or getting laid then you did into that response.