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

How Beyoncé, Radiohead and others are changing the way albums are released

Artists are increasingly using social media and multimedia experiences to generate excitement for their new releases, and it's a trend that we'll only see more of.

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.

'Office Hour' explores the mindset of a school shooter

Raymond Lee stars in "Office Hour," a new play about an antisocial, potentially violent student — and the teacher who tries to get through to him.

Eddie Huang: 'The most satisfying thing is to be understood'

The writer, restaurateur and TV host opens up about his fallout with the ABC show, "Fresh Off The Boat," and why he decided to write about the domestic abuse in his childhood home.

Breaking down Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'

Interspersing the work of British-Somali poet Warsan Shire with her own expletive-laden dialogue and lyrics, Beyoncé has taken a bold step forward in her artistic evolution.

John Carney's film are like albums, and 'Sing Street' is his most personal

The director says he wrote the music for "Once" before coming up with the visuals, "Begin Again" was "the difficult second album," and his latest was an opportunity "to come back home."

W. Kamau Bell meets the KKK and lives to talk about it

The comedian uses his brand of sociopolitical humor and insight in a new CNN docu-series that sets out to engage Americans with divergent views.

Coachella 2016 recap: It's not an alternative festival anymore

The music festival has shifted from featuring indie artists to EDM acts and DJs; and Doppler Labs used the festival to promote earbuds that allow the user to customize the sound mix at each stage.

Cocktail carts, luxury seats & 4DX: How movie theaters are competing for your attention

The Frame's host, John Horn, visited the CinemaCon exhibit floor to get an idea of how theater owners are hoping to keep you going back to the multiplex.