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

How a deaf girl with no acting experience became the star of ‘Wonderstruck’

The young deaf actress who plays Rose in the new Todd Haynes movie hopes the film will expand audiences' understanding of deaf people.

A Noise Within is more than your average community theater

Over the past 25 years, Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, co-producing directors of A Noise Within have built a respected, classical repertory company essentially from the ground up.

NBC passed on a bombshell Harvey Weinstein story. Why?

As more women come forward with their sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein questions keep piling up. Among them: Why did Ronan Farrow, a reporter for NBC News, publish his story about Harvey Weinstein in The New Yorker?

Dick Gregory's political comedy takes on new meaning in 'Turn Me Loose'

Joe Morton plays the late comedian and activist Dick Gregory on stage in "Turn Me Loose." That Gregory's comedy remains so relevant today, Morton says, is both remarkable and troubling.

How Harvey Weinstein's 'open secret' was enabled for decades

A Weinstein Company executive who reportedly confronted the film executive about his behavior was labeled as the "sex police." Everyone who worked there had to sign confidentiality agreements.

Harvey Weinstein's history begs for a documentary about Hollywood abuses. But can it be made?

"The Hunting Ground" producer Amy Ziering believes a film about predatory behavior in Hollywood is in order, but the industry itself might get in the way.

Behind the scenes at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Frame's John Horn tours the construction site of the museum that is set to open in 2019, next door to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

What we learned from the guy who watched 24 hours of Facebook's new video platform

Buzzfeed News' former head of video, Henry Goldman, tells us what makes Facebook videos successful. Spoiler alert: It involves good content and (surprise!) audio.

'Unrest' filmmaker was determined to document her pain

First-time filmmaker Jennifer Brea documents her struggle with a chronic disease in "Unrest." Even when she was in pain, she told her husband and crew to keep filming.

Matthew Bourne says 'Red Shoes' is more theater than ballet

The British choreographer has made a career out of adapting popular movies, novels and operas into dance productions.

Angelina Jolie's 'First They Killed My Father' had therapists on set

Angelina Jolie discovered author Loung Ung's memoir 17 years ago while filming in Cambodia. Now, she's bringing Ung's experience of the Khmer Rouge regime to the screen.

‘Battle of the Sexes’ directors say audiences changed after 2016 election

Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton say they had to write a lot of "passionate letters" to make "Battle of the Sexes" the way they wanted.

With TIFF in the rearview, we take a look at the possible Oscar-race contenders

The big contenders for award season usually emerge at fall film festivals, like the Toronoto International Film Festival. This year, a slew of powerful female performances are dominating.

Natalie Portman explores ethics of 'Eating Animals' in new documentary

The actress produced and narrated the new documentary, which is based on Jonathan Safran Foer's book of the same name.

Rotten Tomatoes ratings don't hurt box office, study says

Yves Bergquist looked at the relationship between Rotten Tomato scores and box office returns and found no correlation— positive or negative— between the two.