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

This year's list of possible Oscar nominees is trending white

As prognosticators begin making their lists of who might vie for an Academy Award, one trend is apparent: there's not much diversity.

'Levitated Mass': Doug Pray's doc follows the journey of LACMA's rock

The filmmaker's documentary, "Levitated Mass," follows a 340-ton boulder from Riverside to Los Angeles as the basis of Michael Heizer's monumental artwork.

Telluride Film Festival kicks off Oscar race with 'Birdman,' 'Rosewater,' more

The tiny Rocky Mountain town becomes the center of the movie universe over Labor Day weekend with premieres of prominent titles.

Trayvon Martin's death explored in a short play

Playwright Dan O'Brien and composer Quetzal Flores collaborated on a 10-minute drama with music titled "The Ballad of George Zimmerman."

Tim Robbins puts passion first with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Actor/director Tim Robbins talks with KPCC's John Horn about directing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and why he loves the uninterrupted nature of theater.

Filmmaker Mike Cahill on 'I Origins,' science and art

Filmmaker Mike Cahill's new movie “I Origins” explores the relationship of two scientists probing the question of reincarnation. Art and science, he says, are similar pursuits.

China: In a world without film critics, 'Transformers 4' prevails

The new 'Transformers' sequel has shattered box office records ... in China. The movie is a critical bomb here, but reviewers are apparently AWOL in China.

Emmys 2014: 'Naked category jockeying' and other nomination tales

How does a particular TV show wind up an Emmy nominee in a particular category? The Emmy Awards let distributors pick the category, and the guidelines are open to manipulation.

Critics cry 'TMI' in Robin Thicke's 'stalkery' new album 'Paula'

What “Ishtar” was to movies and New Coke was to soda, “Paula” is to recorded music. Or so reviewers say. Read some reviews and listen to a track.

Louis Zamperini, Olympian and WWII hero, has died (updated)

KPCC's John Horn reflects on the amazing life of Louis Zamperini — subject of the upcoming film "Unbroken," war hero, former Olympian and Rose Parade Grand Marshal.

Taylor Kitsch, hungry for creative control, directs a new short film

After starring in two expensive box office bombs, Kitsch produced, funded and starred in "Pieces," which premieres in Palm Springs this weekend.

'22 Jump Street' directors wanted a sequel that's actually good

It’s unlikely Hollywood will abandon its addiction to sequels — but that doesn’t mean the resulting productions have to be as cynical as the thinking behind them.

World Cup 2014: Where's the Great American Soccer Movie?

We have great movies about boxing, baseball and even hockey. But soccer? (And don't talk to us about "Bend It Like Beckham.") Do you have a favorite soccer movie?

Cruise's 'Tomorrow' may flop: Is the era of the movie star over?

Tom Cruise is the big draw for "Edge of Tomorrow," opening Friday, but estimates say he won't be enough. What does this say about the ability of star power to fuel big hits?

'Star Wars: Episode VII': JJ Abrams' Millennium Falcon tweet and the Mystery Box

J.J. Abrams, the director of next year’s “Star Wars” sequel, sent a clever tweet on Wednesday about leaked set photos. Here's why he should continue sharing with fans.