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

Alex Gibney goes 'Clear' with documentary on Scientology

It was the one of the most talked-about films at Sundance. The HBO documentary provides an inside look into the controversial church.

Sundance 2015: Media outlets wrongly report record-breaking deal

As sometimes happens around secret negotiations, the $12 million figure was nearly three times the actual sales price for the drama, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"

At Sundance, sexual themes take center stage, even in comedies

At this year's festival, filmmakers are showing sex in any way they can think of. Festival director John Cooper says it’s been a growing movement.

Sundance opens with new Nina Simone documentary

The Frame’s John Horn is in Park City covering the Sundance Film Festival. He reports that after the Simone screening, some audience members chanted, "Black Lives Matter!"

Oscars 2015: 'Birdman,' 'Budapest' lead; nominations least diverse since 1998

There is not a single person of color among the 20 people nominated for lead and supporting actor and actress, a lack of diversity that is reflected in the filmmaking nominations, as well. See the full list of winners, watch the Best Picture trailers and more.

Neil Young is on a mission to restore 'the history of recorded sound'

The musician launched Pono, a high-resolution music player, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. He wants to give music lovers an alternative to MP3s.

Ralph Fiennes: 'Working with Wes Anderson was a dream job'

The actor has always wanted to work with the director of "Grand Budapest Hotel" and, as a result, it's nabbed Fiennes some award nominations.

Sony hack: Sony tells theaters they can pull 'The Interview'

Sony has told theater chains that it will release them from any obligations to screen the film following a threat from hackers that invoked 9/11.

Taking risks in Hollywood pays off for some Screen Actors Guild Award nominees

When you look at the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild awards, it’s evident that several performers who made a big bet on themselves got a big payoff.

Can acting help rehabilitate prisoners?

US Attorney General Eric Holder recently visited a California correctional facility to observe a theater troupe that claims it can reduce recidivism through acting.

This year's list of possible Oscar nominees is trending white

As prognosticators begin making their lists of who might vie for an Academy Award, one trend is apparent: there's not much diversity.

'Levitated Mass': Doug Pray's doc follows the journey of LACMA's rock

The filmmaker's documentary, "Levitated Mass," follows a 340-ton boulder from Riverside to Los Angeles as the basis of Michael Heizer's monumental artwork.

Telluride Film Festival kicks off Oscar race with 'Birdman,' 'Rosewater,' more

The tiny Rocky Mountain town becomes the center of the movie universe over Labor Day weekend with premieres of prominent titles.

Trayvon Martin's death explored in a short play

Playwright Dan O'Brien and composer Quetzal Flores collaborated on a 10-minute drama with music titled "The Ballad of George Zimmerman."

Tim Robbins puts passion first with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Actor/director Tim Robbins talks with KPCC's John Horn about directing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and why he loves the uninterrupted nature of theater.