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

Why the roadtrip musical, 'Miss You Like Hell,' was ideal for Erin McKeown

The singer-songwriter has made it her life’s work to study the regional music of the United States, and that fit perfectly with playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes' story.

Kelly Craig's big break with 'The Edge of Seventeen'

The filmmaker sent her script to James L. Brooks, who signed on to produce "The Edge of Seventeen" and suggested that she also direct.

'Arrival' screenwriter's challenge to balance scientific accuracy with a human story

Eric Heisserer wanted to be factual to the scientific world while engaging audiences in the story of a single mom thrown into a global crisis.

'The Model Apartment': Donald Margulies 1988 play about family trauma is still relevant

Donald Margulies isn’t the son of Holocaust survivors but a childhood friend is. And they were the inspiration for his play, “The Model Apartment.”

Some encouraging and discouraging news about LGBTQ depictions on television

The annual study by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation finds an uptick in LGBTQ depictions on broadcast shows, but a disturbing trend about such characters being killed off.

Gimlet Media goes Hollywood to attract new listeners — and advertisers

For-profit podcast network Gimlet Media launches three new shows, and borrows quite a bit of Hollywood talent to attract new listeners and sponsors.

How the original 'Blair Witch' tricked audiences, without really trying

Dan Myrick, co-creator of the original "Blair Witch," says the film blurred the lines of reality in a way that wouldn't be possible today.

America Ferrera nearly quit acting to be an activist - now she does both

The star and a producer of the NBC comedy, "Superstore," recently worked on a documentary series called "America Divided" to examine U.S. immigration policy.

'Newtown' documentary explores aftermath of Sandy Hook shooting

The documentary "Newtown" chronicles the lingering effect of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in hopes of keeping the topic of gun violence in the public conversation.

Why NBC sat on the 'Access Hollywood' Trump tape

Despite having the "Access Hollywood" Trump tape days before the story broke, NBC wasn't first to publish. TV writer Mareesa Guthrie and attorney Susan Seager explain why.

Dispatch from 'Oldchella': Baby boomers, politics and fine dining

The opening weekend of new music festival Desert Trip featured a lineup of veteran rockstars, fine dining options and more than a few walkers.

'For The Record': a stage show built around classic pop songs from movies

The show is part cabaret, part concert, but the main focus is to highlight great filmmakers and the music they use.

'Cameraperson' is a cinematic scrapbook of joy and horror

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has woven together 25 years of documentary footage into a visual memoir of the moments that marked her.

'American Honey' director Andrea Arnold scouted talent in unusual places

The British director wanted some untrained performers for her film, and found her lead actress, Sasha Lane, on a beach in Florida.

'Funny or Die' wants to make PSAs people 'actually want to watch'

Brad Jenkins, who runs Funny or Die's D.C. office, discusses how they make politics funny, and the fine line between making entertainment and propaganda.