John Horn Host, The Frame

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John Horn is the host of KPCC’s The Frame, a daily arts and entertainment program.

John has been covering arts and entertainment in Southern California for nearly 30 years. At the Los Angeles Times, he was a lead writer on the film industry for more than a decade, taking readers behind the scenes to examine the creative process and explain how Hollywood works, and why. In 2013, he traveled to the former plantation where “12 Years a Slave” was filmed with director Steve McQueen, and more recently charted how the story of Columbine came to a stage in New York and watched Angelina Jolie take on her first big studio directing job, the "Unbroken” story of Olympian and USC alumnus Louis Zamperini.

Before joining the Times, John was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor at Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for The Associated Press, and covered the television industry for the Orange County Register. John’s interest in the arts extends beyond film and he served on the board of directors of The National Arts Journalism Program, where he was a fellow in the mid-1990s.

John was a regular contributor to “The Business” on KCRW, where he also regularly co-hosted on-air segments and podcasts on entertainment news. Prior to joining KPCC, John was a guest on Take Two and AirTalk, including a memorable appearance in 2012 on the morning of the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. Thanks in part to John’s contribution, that day’s program won a Golden Mike award for best live coverage of a news story from the RTNA of Southern California.

Stories by John Horn

Danny Boyle: Tech giants like Steve Jobs 'are terrifying'

The filmmaker talks about the "big shoes" he had to fill after director David Fincher left the project, and how this film is 'the sound' of both Apple's co-founder and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's minds.

How Idris Elba blurred the line between actor and subject in 'Beasts of No Nation'

The actor explains how he and writer-director Cary Fukunaga used Elba's star power on a set of untrained actors to enhance his role as the commandant of a child army.

Twyla Tharp: the need to create dance and the will to survive

Fifty years after its founding, the Twyla Tharp company is still thriving, despite dance being — according to the choreographer — at the bottom of the cultural heap.

Kyle Eastwood on his latest album ‘Time Pieces,’ and scoring movies for his father

Clint Eastwood's son has worked with his dad on several films, but he's made his own name as an accomplished jazz composer.

'Suffragette' star Meryl Streep: 'I don't want women's rights to be a women's issue'

The actress talks with about women's rights through various prisms: the British suffragette movement as depicted in her new film; the courage of Pakistani activist Malala; and women in Hollywood.

Deaf West Theatre goes from LA's Skid Row to Broadway

The company produced "Spring Awakening" at Inner City Arts' small theater, then moved it to The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Now the show is getting rave reviews on Broadway.

Showtime president David Nevins reflects on the state of TV today

As the beginning of a series of conversations with network executives, the head of Showtime talks diversity, "Twin Peaks," and some shows that got away.

How music videos led Mark Pellington to make NBC's 'Blindspot'

One of the creative forces behind early MTV, Pellington has worked on music videos for Pearl Jam, Michael Jackson and U2. He's also responsible for the look of "Blindspot."

Geoff Sobelle wants you to go through his stuff for the sake of theater

The performer's show, "The Object Lesson," examines the emotions, stories and value we attribute to the items we carry around with us every day or keep hidden away.

'These Paper Bullets!' brings Shakespeare to the swinging '60s

For his new play “These Paper Bullets,” playwright Rolin Jones wasn’t afraid to toy with — and re-think — the work of the Bard of Avon.

'Minority Report' and 'Limitless' aren’t the only movies being made into TV shows

The website Den of Geek has identified 39 current and upcoming TV series that are set for the small screen.

The Emmys 2015 show TV in transition, with broadcast left behind

Only two awards went to shows airing on broadcast television: NBC's "The Voice" won for Outstanding Reality Series and Allison Janney won a supporting award for "Mom."

Emily Mortimer on why making 'Doll & Em' is therapeutic

In the HBO comedy series “Doll & Em,” real life best friends Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer play fictional best friends, known as Doll and Em. But it's not about them. Really. It's not.

Toronto Film Festival: 'Spotlight' and 'Room' pull ahead in the Oscar race

The Toronto festival marks the unofficial start of Oscar season. Kyle Buchanan, a senior editor at, talks about which films are getting buzz —good and bad.

Director Denis Villeneuve's dark vision from 'Sicario' to 'Blade Runner'

Director Denis Villeneuve talks about how he created the intense atmosphere in "Sicario" and why he's attracted to making dark films.