My old pal Ron Hall has started writing a blog in conjunction with a revival of Matinee at the Bijou.
Apparently new episodes of this classic movie showcase, which was one of the most popular programs on PBS in the 1980s, are back in production – with a new celebrity host, Debbie Reynolds. Ron Hall, who runs Festival Films and was the publisher of the pioneering animation fanzine Mindrot, is actively involved with providing classic movie material for the show. On his new blog, he’s posting about the classic shorts and cartoons – his latest post promotes an upcoming Bijou program which features a bunch of vintage Paramount Screen Songs. I’m not sure what the status of the show is, but they’ve been feeding their content to You Tube, and set up a fun informative website worth checking out.