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

Roger Guenveur Smith's one-man show takes a closer look at Rodney King's life and legacy

With his fiery play titled simply “Rodney King,” actor and playwright Roger Guenveur Smith places the beating of Rodney King in a broader cultural context.

Filmmaker John Waters on 'Making Trouble,' the NEA, and bad reviews

The filmmaker has some advice for young artists: go out into the world and make trouble from the inside.

'Casting JonBenet' is a new twist on the documentary format

There have been TV movies, documentaries and docudramas made about the case, but the Netflix documentary, "Casting JonBenet," is something quite different.

Kendrick Lamar goes deep into religious symbolism with 'Damn'

Religion, redemption and reconciliation are among the many themes running through the rapper's new album 'Damn.'

John Ridley's LA Riots doc is meant to 'break hearts and lift spirits'

John Ridley's documentary, "Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992," marks the 25 year anniversary of the 1992 L.A. Riots. He says a goal of the film was to "break hearts and lift spirits."

For 'Unforgettable,' Denise Di Novi goes from producer to director

When long time movie producer got her chance to direct a film, she thought long and hard about what kind of director she wanted to be.

What made viewers love — or hate — 'Girls'?

When it premiered in 2012, the HBO series launched what seemed like a million think-pieces. This Sunday, the show's run comes to an end.

'The 14th Factory': Come for the Instagram pics, stay for the journey

L.A. has plenty of art museums and galleries, but The 14th Factory is something different. It's a series of installations designed to take visitors on a journey.

'Finding Oscar' documentary explores US role in Guatemalan civil war

The film revisits a massacre in the small Guatemalan village of Dos Erres where 250 people were killed in 1982 by government soldiers.

Lauren Greenfield's photos might have predicted the rise of Donald Trump

After a quarter-century of examining wealth in its many permutations, the photographer and filmmaker says she finds overlapping themes in the new president's rise.

Potential strike looms as Writers Guild negotiations resume

Members of the Writers Guild are scheduled to have a strike authorization vote on April 24, a week before its contract expires.

Aimee Mann's new album is 'Mental Illness' but she's pretty sane

The sound on the singer/songwriter's new album is acoustic and stripped down. The title started as a joke between friends, but it was so perfect that it stuck.

Robert Schenkkan takes on President Trump in new play

The playwright won a Tony Award for his LBJ play, "All the Way," and now he's written a new work that imagines the effects of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

Jason Segel's epiphany: 'The stuff I'm making is not the same stuff I'm watching'

The actor made his career in big studio comedies such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Now he's more interested in films that pose a challenge to an audience.

Jessica Williams: 'This is my ancestors' dream'

The former "Daily Show" correspondent is making her feature film starring debut in the Netflix movie "The Incredible Jessica Williams."