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

Eddie Redmayne takes a leap with his role in 'The Danish Girl'

The actor plays Einar Wegener, who gets gender reassignment surgery and becomes Lili Elbe in the film, "The Danish Girl."

'Hunger Games' producer Nina Jacobson has a rare perch in Hollywood

As a successful producer and former studio executive, Nina Jacobson is out to debunk longstanding assumptions about women in the film industry.

'The Hunting Ground' and the axis of journalism and advocacy

Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association, says documentaries have an "obligation to be accurate and as truthful" as they can be.

How director Ryan Coogler went from 'Fruitvale Station' to 'Creed'

The "Rocky" movies have united three generations of 'Creed' director Ryan Coogler's family, who watched them for inspiration during their own struggles.

'Toy Story' at 20: How Pixar gambled on computer animation and changed movie history

Pixar was the first studio to release a computer-animated feature. The company's commitment to storytelling is key to its success.

Why Todd Haynes is compelled to make movies with female leads

The director's new movie, "Carol," is about a love affair between two women and it stars Cate Blanchett. Haynes says the lack of female lead roles is a "head-scratcher."

'The Hunting Ground' documents epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses

Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering talk about the making of their documentary and how they gained the trust of their subjects.

Kurt Sutter bids a public farewell to 'The Bastard Executioner'

FX announced the cancellation of 'The Bastard Executioner' after its season finale aired on Tuesday. In response, creator Kurt Sutter posted a public farewell.

'Trumbo' writer and director bond over past failures

Director Jay Roach and writer-producer John McNamara can relate to Dalton Trumbo's spotty career because the author of hits like "Spartacus" penned a few duds, too.

For cinema-loving Parisians, movies could become a welcome diversion from terrorism

Nancy Tartaglione, the international editor at, joined us from France to talk about the importance of film in French culture.

'Jessica Jones': Netflix's even darker spin on Marvel superhero noir

Writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg says she was attracted to the project by being able to write about a woman who is multi-leveled, complex and sexual being.

Conan O'Brien's 'weird diplomacy' in Armenia

The late night host takes his abroad again, this time with his assistant, who is of Armenian descent. And he meets a group of unlikely fans: teenaged Syrian refugees.

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.

Paul Bettany: From 'Shelter' to 'Avengers,' he finds meaning in stories

Paul Bettany has written and directed "Shelter," a movie about homelessness. But for the "Avengers" actor, his new departure comes from an old love of storytelling.

Filmmaker Patricia Riggen: 'It's harder to be a woman than Latina'

The director of "The 33," a movie about the 2010 Chilean mining accident, says she still has to prove herself to every collaborator, "every single day."