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

'Furious 8' speeds into theaters in 2017 (with lines just like that)

To no one's surprise, "Furious 8" is heading to theaters — or "Fast 8," or "2 Eight 2 Furious," or whatever they decide to call it. Come watch our favorite one-liners.

CinemaCon: 'Mission: Impossible,' 'Mad Max' fly high; 'Terminator,' 'Entourage' tank

The convention essentially offers speed-dating for studios and movie theater owners. Here are the movies they liked, the movies they didn't, and why the Latino audience is key.

How 'Happyish' moved on after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Creator Shalom Auslander had to regroup after the overdose of his original lead actor. Watch the full first episode of the dramedy here.

CinemaCon 2015: Theater owners brace for concession calorie labeling

At this year’s CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theater owners in Sin City, a lot of people are suddenly talking about calorie counting — of popcorn.

How movies like 'Batman v Superman' came together for casting directors

Two casting directors explain how they chose the stars for "Man of Steel," "Hairspray," "Wonder Woman," "Cloud Atlas," "Game Change" and more.

Theater owner rep John Fithian says they want more diversity

The president of the National Association of Theatre Owners is presiding at a time when theater owners want more women, more minorities and more family films.

Verizon gets closer to 'unbundling' with customizable TV service

Starting this Sunday, Verizon will offer a stripped down, or “skinny” version of its TV packages, called FiOS Custom TV.

Comedian Kyle Kinane's mom is his biggest fan and that's not always a good thing

Kyle Kinane has had a wild life, which has served as grist for his widely acclaimed comedy. His new album is titled, "I Liked His Old Stuff Better."

Santa Monica Museum of Art is leaving Bergamot Station

The museum will relocate from its longtime home with hopes that it can return when the site is redeveloped as part of the Metro Expo Line extension.

Audiobook acting: How they prepare, how a woman can be Edward from 'Twilight'

Most of the thousands of audiobooks recorded every year are read by literary character actors — you don't know their names, but you recognize their voices.

New 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah isn't talking Twitter, is talking Ebola

In his first U.S. club dates since being named Jon Stewart's successor, the South African comedian stayed away from the controversy that got him in hot water.

Coachella 2015: Madonna kisses Drake; AC/DC's still got it

The Frame host John Horn got on the line with assistant producer James Kim to discuss highlights from Coachella’s opening weekend.

'Mad Men' creator pushed himself to 'go deeper' with show

After 7 seasons, "Mad Men" is headed toward its series finale. The show changed how we think of advertising and midday cocktails, and helped usher in an era of great TV.

Can art have a role in dealing with California's drought?

Water — the way we use it and abuse it — is central to the conceptual artwork of Lauren Bon and her Metabolic Studio collaborators.

'Super Troopers' filmmakers crowdfund a sequel

After “Super Troopers” became a cult hit 10 years ago, the team behind it has tried to get a sequel funded. Now they've done so thanks to fans giving on Indiegogo.