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

'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.

Playing with Apple Music to see if it can compete with Spotify

Apple launched its new streaming service Apple Music Tuesday, which includes streaming music, radio and other features. But is better than Spotify?

NBC cuts Donald Trump ties over comments on immigrants

NBC Universal is terminating business ties with Donald Trump over derogatory comments made during his presidential bid announcement.

Fat actresses still often defined by size while 'dadbods' become cool

Actress Julie Brister talked with the Frame about what it's like being a "Fat Amy"-sized actress in Hollywood, and how she's been able to take roles that aren't demeaning.

Capturing Nina Simone’s passions and demons in ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is a documentary by Liz Garbus that looks at Nina Simone's civil rights efforts, passions and inner demons.

Tim Minchin on adapting Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' for the stage

Multi-talented artist Tim Minchin strung together various gigs for several years before he was asked to write music and lyrics for the stage adaptation of "Matilda."

'True Detective': KPCC’s new podcast 'Welcome to Vinci' covers season 2

We sat down with "Off-Ramp" producer Kevin Ferguson to talk about his new show "Welcome to Vinci." He'll be uncovering the show's connection with SoCal's Vernon and delving deep.

Marc Maron tells us 'WTF' is with him interviewing the president

We have the first interview with Marc Maron after he interviewed the president. He tells us what the deal is and what kind of laughs he got from the Secret Service.

California lawmakers work to keep film scoring work in the state

It's not just runaway film production anymore — more and more California musicians are seeing their work go out-of-state or overseas.

How 'Inside Out' was made, according to the Pixar team

In “Inside Out,” Pixar had to create a place where no one had ever been before: the mind of an 11-year-old girl. That meant researching how a real brain actually works.

E3 2015: 'Star Wars: Battlefront,' Oculus Rift and gaming's future

We tried out virtual reality headset the Oculus Rift. It may not be as immersive as you would hope quite yet, but it looks like it's the future of gaming.

'Dope' combines Inglewood, hip-hop and John Hughes movies

Rick Famuyiwa's "Dope" follows Malcolm, a kid from Inglewood, on an L.A. adventure. "I think film needs to start reflecting [diversity], or it's going to become a dinosaur."