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

In 'Song of Lahore,' Pakistani musicians fight social stigma to play the music they love

The new documentary "Song of Lahore" tells how traditional Pakistani musicians found a new audience through YouTube after decades of local suppression.

'The Muppets,' 'Castle,' among TV shows canceled ahead of 2016 Upfronts

A bevy of shows have been canceled as TV networks prepare to woo advertisers at a series of presentations in New York next week

Trump is more Schwarzenegger than Al Franken on campaign trail

Trump forged a celebrity character on "The Apprentice," and the way he's using it on the campaign trail is strikingly similar to what Schwarzenegger did with his "Terminator" character.

Amazon goes head-to-head with YouTube with a video service

Bloomberg News technology reporter Spencer Soper explains how Amazon will now allow people to upload videos to its site, putting it in direct competition with YouTube

Why consumers are the real losers in the Ticketmaster lawsuit

The event ticketing company agreed to settle for $45 million after it overcharged customers on ticket fees — but concert fans won't get much back.

Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern get up close and personal with Samuel Beckett

The actors play the leads in a current production of "Endgame," which continues their deep connection to the playwright and his work.

Youtube moves to break into the cord-cutting business

At the company's NewFronts presentation in New York, the company's CEO boasted about the website's enormous user base and continued to court advertisers.

Beyoncé and Radiohead are changing the way albums are released

Artists are increasingly using social media and multimedia experiences to generate excitement for their new releases. It's a trend you can expect to see more.

Tracy Scott and the invisible art of script supervision

She worked on some of the most well-received movies of the past few years. Following her recent death, her celebrated colleagues explain why having a gifted script supervisor is invaluable.

Tony-nominated 'The Humans' gets real about family

Nominated for six Tony awards, "The Humans" is a funny but serious look into what binds a family together — and what tears it apart.

'Hamilton,' 'Eclipsed' and more shine at 2016 Tony nominations

In its continuing march toward global domination, "Hamilton" nabbed a record-setting 16 nominations. But it's not the only Broadway success of the past year.

'School of Rock' star sweats, spits and loses 2 lbs a night

Alex Brightman, the lead in the musical 'School of Rock,' knew he couldn't do a Jack Black impression — so he channeled W.C. Fields and Walter Matthau instead.

Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, other icons set to rock SoCal festival

The concert promoter behind Coachella and Stagecoach has assembled some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll history for a one-off festival this October.

How Lorene Scafaria used Susan Sarandon to break Hollywood barriers with 'The Meddler'

The filmmaker and her producer, Joy Gorman Wettels, insisted to financiers that their lead character had to be an actress of a certain age. And that's where Sarandon came in.

Why are Lupita Nyong'o and Idris Elba being cast in non-human roles?

Vulture's senior editor Kyle Buchanan notes two Hollywood casting trends: studios placing top black actors in non-human roles and casting white actors to play Asian roles.