John Horn Host, The Frame
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
The star and a producer of the NBC comedy, "Superstore," recently worked on a documentary series called "America Divided" to examine U.S. immigration policy.
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Despite having the "Access Hollywood" Trump tape days before the story broke, NBC wasn't first to publish. TV writer Mareesa Guthrie and attorney Susan Seager explain why.
The opening weekend of new music festival Desert Trip featured a lineup of veteran rockstars, fine dining options and more than a few walkers.
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Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has woven together 25 years of documentary footage into a visual memoir of the moments that marked her.
The British director wanted some untrained performers for her film, and found her lead actress, Sasha Lane, on a beach in Florida.
Brad Jenkins, who runs Funny or Die's D.C. office, discusses how they make politics funny, and the fine line between making entertainment and propaganda.
Nair says most Hollywood films about Africa treat the country as a backdrop. She wants to change that with this true story of a Ugandan chess prodigy.
Shonda Rhimes' partner watched TV "secretly" when she was a movie producer. Now, television is having a moment, and so is she.
Founder and artistic director Jacques Heim calls his company "the NFL of dance." His members work with giant custom props that can launch them into the air — or crush them.
After she co-wrote the Oscar-nominated "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Lucy Alibar began thinking about parenting — and her own influential father.
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How does one person get hired over another for a Hollywood job? Certainly you’d factor in talent, personality, recommendations, but what about the unconscious biases of the person doing the hiring?
'The Frame' host John Horn brings us a sound rich story from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he immersed himself in theater, music and comedy, and emerged with a renewed love of performance.