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

Chiwetel Ejiofor just wants to tell stories — anytime, any place

The Oscar-winning actor explains why his interest in creating characters trumps issues such as race-specific roles or deciding between TV, movies and theater.

Jeffrey Tambor cried when he heard the first review for 'Transparent'

Tambor tells us how important it was that he nailed his transgender role. "Lives are at stake, and integrity's at stake, and there's a community that needs for me to do that right."

Van Morrison sells most of his catalog to Sony Records

LA Times music writer Randall Roberts explains why Van the Man finally decided to sell his catalog and put his discography on streaming services.

Do you want security checks in movie theaters?

Regal Cinema, the nation's largest movie theater chain, has begun checking the bags of customers. No other large chain has taken that step.

'Sneakerheadz': Going to extremes to get the freshest kicks

The co-director of the new documentary talks about sneaker culture's origins and the extreme — and sometimes violent — lengths people go to get the freshest kicks.

Ice Cube knew his son was right for 'Straight Outta Compton' — he just had to learn how to act

The rapper and his son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., talk about the high stakes of a novice actor taking on a high profile role.

A studio visit with LA artist Mark Bradford

The Frame's John Horn visits with Mark Bradford inside his South LA studio to learn how he want from hairdresser to one of LA's most recognizable contemporary artists.

'Straight Outta Compton' director wasn't interested in keeping everybody happy

The meteoric rise of N.W.A. is a classic American dream story. But "Straight Outta Compton” was not an easy film to get off the ground.

When TV imitates life: John Ridley on the accidental timeliness of 'American Crime'

John Horn talks with "American Crime" creator John Ridley and actor Richard Cabral, who plays Hector Tonz , about the timely themes in the Emmy-nominated series.

A look at Jon Stewart’s numerous pre-’Daily Show’ gigs

Jon Stewart wasn’t a well-known quantity when he took over “The Daily Show” in 1999. Here are some of the other, less memorable hosting and acting jobs he's had.

Renowned LA theater artist Lynn Manning dies at 60

The poet, actor and playwright had quietly been battling liver cancer. Blinded at the age of 23, his work explored disability and race.

'Sons of Anarchy' is no more, but the band plays on thanks to The Forest Rangers

The show's music supervisor, Bob Thiele, "got the band back together" to form a group called The Forest Rangers, which has released its first album, “Land, Ho!”

Kurt Sutter learns to let go of being a 'control freak' for 'Southpaw'

Kurt Sutter is making the move from TV's "Sons of Anarchy" to film with "Southpaw." He discusses making the movie without Eminem and why his new boxing movie is unique.

Leon Russell documentary, 'A Poem is a Naked Person,' is released after 40 years

The musician was unhappy with the documentary he commissioned from filmmaker Les Blank in the early 1970s, so he refused to allow its release. But Blank's son, Harrod, has resurrected the project.

Women's World Cup ratings climb as U.S. team advances to finals

Fox invested a lot of money to broadcast the men and women's World Cup tournaments through 2026, and it's paying off with record-setting viewership.