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

Why Stephen Colbert can't be 'Stephen Colbert' anymore

The CBS late night host says he is retiring his “Colbert Report” persona because he could be sued for copyright infringement by his former bosses at Viacom.

Director Patricia Rozema's "Into the Forest" wasn't easy to get made

The post-apocalyptic film stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, but its small, intimate scope and two female leads made it difficult to find financial backing.

The hype machines are in full force at Comic-Con 2016

Ads and every marketing tool you can think of are everywhere at the annual pop culture extravaganza in San Diego.

Donald Trump and the GOP's controversial convention playlist

The bands Earth, Wind & Fire and Queen are unhappy about their songs being used at the Republican National Convention, but their permission isn't required.

The woman who made 'Key and Peele' such a hair-raising show

Amanda Mofield got an Emmy nomination for her work as a hairstylist on the Comedy Central series. She and her team sometimes had to design dozens of looks for a single sketch.

Aloe Blacc blends artistry and activism in his musical career

The singer-songwriter deftly makes social statements in a wide range of musical styles as part of his commitment to being an "artivist."

Has Steven Spielberg lost his box office appeal?

"The BFG" was supposed to be the director's return to summer blockbuster success. Except hardly anybody came out to see it.

Roseanne Barr says her bid for president 'killed' her TV career

Comedian Roseanne Barr is the subject and executive producer of the new documentary "Roseanne for President!" which chronicles her 2012 bid for President of the US.

Nielsen releases audience data for Netflix, Hulu shows for the first time

New data from global measuring company Nielsen for the first time revealed audience ratings from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

Why Gary Ross quit 'The Hunger Games' to do 'Free State of Jones'

The filmmaker approached making the movie the way a graduate student might take on a dissertation — through years and years of research and studying.

Jury rules in favor of Led Zeppelin in 'Stairway To Heaven' copyright lawsuit

If the jury decides that "Stairway to Heaven" infringes the copyright of a song by the band Spirit, it could prevent any legacy act from re-releasing any albums.

'Tickled': A new documentary reveals the murky world of competitive endurance tickling

A journalist set out to learn about this odd "sport," and his curiosity led him to a strangely controlling company that invaded his privacy.

Why Hollywood often misses the mark when it comes to portraying disability

Amidst debate about Hollywood's need to be more inclusive of women and ethnic minorities, the disability community often finds itself left out of the discussion.

How the director of 'The Fits' made a quiet movie that says a lot

For her movie about a young girl’s coming of age, Anna Rose Holmer cast a girls dance troupe whose members had never acted in a movie.

Who has Hollywood's leading role in California's presidential primary?

While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders vie for support in the heavily Democratic industry, Republicans largely take a more circumspect approach with Donald Trump.