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

Sundance 2016: Jason Lew moves from in front of to behind the camera

The former actor made his directorial debut at Sundance with "The Free World," which fits in with Lew's desire to explore issues relating to identity.

'Baskets' co-creator Jonathan Krisel: 'What I like is the absurdness of reality'

The writer and producer is attracted to making and working on shows with an offbeat sense of humor, including: "Portlandia," "Tim & Eric" and his latest, "Baskets."

Why Trevor Noah still hasn't found his groove on 'The Daily Show'

No one expected Jon Stewart's replacement to pick up right where the longtime host left off. But four months into Noah's tenure, it's clear that 'The Daily Show' isn't as vital as it used to be.

Why a manipulated magazine photo plays a pivotal role in 'The People v. OJ Simpson'

Series creators Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander say when Time magazine darkened Simpson's skin, it became a key moment in the story.

Sundance 2016: Former studio chief James Schamus makes his directorial debut

James Schamus used to attend the Sundance Film Festival as a buyer for Focus Features. This year he was there as the writer and director of his own movie, "Indignation."

Idris Elba of 'Beasts of No Nation' takes home 2 SAG Awards

The actor won in the TV category for "Luther," but his film win in the supporting actor category puts a spotlight on his omission from the Academy Awards nominations.

How DreamWorks is working to make 'Kung Fu Panda 3' a true international success

DreamWorks is going to great lengths to make sure that the newest 'Kung Fu Panda' movie succeeds in what's becoming the largest movie market in the world

Rihanna's new album has finally dropped — was it worth the wait?

Dropped as a surprise release last night via Tidal, "Anti" is Rihanna's 8th album. But is it enough to distract from 2016's bevy of rap beefs?

'Newtown' documentary explores aftermath of Sandy Hook shooting

The Sundance Film Festival has premiered a documentary by Kim Snyder called "Newtown," about the lingering effect of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Comedians 'Feel the Bern' at the Laugh Factory

Billed as a grassroots fundraiser for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, the shows featured, among others, Sarah Silverman, George Lopez and Jeff Garlin.

Broad Street: A new production company battles gender inequality in Hollywood

Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas have formed Broad Street Pictures to create more roles for women, both in front of and behind the camera

Sundance 2016: How it opens the door to more diversity in Hollywood

So far this year there's been discussion of the Oscars' diversity problem, some new security measures at screenings and lots of television.

'1984' adaptation brings George Orwell’s dystopian future to the stage

Several filmmakers have adapted Orwell's "1984" and now the Broad Stage is presenting the U.S. premiere of a production by London's Headlong theater company.

'Youth' composer David Lang was tasked to make people cry with his score

"Youth" is the first film score for the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, and it's garnered him an Oscar nomination for best original song.

Alicia Vikander planned on law school before acting took off

The native of Sweden appeared in six films in 2015 and one of them, "The Danish Girl," has landed her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress.