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

Analysis: Oscar wasn't so white for a night, but big challenges remain

Big wins for "Moonlight" and African American actors are laudable, but the Motion Picture Academy and the industry must address broader diversity issues.

'Lion': Dev Patel was relieved to play a 'thoroughly soulful and emotional' role

In 2008, Patel landed his breakout role in "Slumdog Millionaire." Now, the 26-year-old has earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in "Lion."

Will Oscar ads follow the Super Bowl's lead and go political?

The Academy Awards don’t offer advertisers nearly the number of viewers that football’s biggest night draws in, but it’s still a huge national platform.

Judge halts enforcement of state law that curbed publication of actors' ages

The SAG-AFTRA actors union says the law helps fight age discrimination, but a federal judge ruled that the First Amendment protects websites such as IMDb.

Why Melanie Lynskey connects with indie films like her latest Sundance hit

The actress stars in "I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore" as a depressed, introverted woman who takes matters into her own hands after her house is robbed.

How to make the Oscars must-see TV again

The Oscars might be Hollywood's biggest night, but the show's seen its ratings drop precipitously over the past few years. What can the Academy do to make you watch?

Jordan Peele explores the horrors of racism with 'Get Out'

The comic actor makes his debut as a film director in a movie that's as much a psychological thriller as it is a horror movie.

Diverse film and TV casting makes economic sense, study says

UCLA's annual Hollywood diversity report finds that diverse casts mean higher ratings and increased ticket sales. Why aren't studios and networks getting the message?

Dramatizing the already dramatic story that inspired 'Lion'

Screenwriter Luke Davies and Saroo Brierley talk about adapting Brierley's amazing experience of finding his birth mother after an accidental 25-year-long separation.

Oscar-nominated 'Moonlight' editors on making history in the era of #OscarsSoWhite

Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders are nominated for an Academy Award and she's the first African American woman ever nominated in the editing category.

How composer Justin Hurwitz created the award-winning score for 'La La Land'

The movie is an Academy Award favorite, but the most important thing for Hurwitz was creating a score that "sounded like its own thing."

Facebook looks to loosen YouTube's hold on music videos

MTV was the first big player on the music video scene. Then it was YouTube, and now Facebook wants in on the game.

Oscar-nominated short documentary '4.1 Miles' personalizes the refugee crisis

The efforts of one Greek Coast Guard captain and his crew to save as many lives as possible are the subject of Daphne Matziaraki's film.

How embracing the uncanny led to the unique look and feel of 'Legion'

In many ways, the new FX series "Legion" feels more like a psychedelic immersion into the main character's mental landscape and less like a comic book show.

Are Grammy voters in tune with today's music?

Though Adele won out over Beyoncé's more adventurous album, this year's Grammy results indicate that voters are branching out from their conservative tendencies.