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

‘Battle of the Sexes’ directors say audiences changed after 2016 election

Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton say they had to write a lot of "passionate letters" to make "Battle of the Sexes" the way they wanted.

With TIFF in the rearview, we take a look at the possible Oscar-race contenders

The big contenders for award season usually emerge at fall film festivals, like the Toronoto International Film Festival. This year, a slew of powerful female performances are dominating.

Natalie Portman explores ethics of 'Eating Animals' in new documentary

The actress produced and narrated the new documentary, which is based on Jonathan Safran Foer's book of the same name.

Rotten Tomatoes ratings don't hurt box office, study says

Yves Bergquist looked at the relationship between Rotten Tomato scores and box office returns and found no correlation— positive or negative— between the two.

Guillermo del Toro's 'The Shape of Water' brings the filmmaker to tears

His new romantic fantasy is a deeply personal film that brings all of the filmmaker's preoccupations together.

'Dolores': The 87-year-old activist who just won't quit

She's a women's rights activist and union organizer who worked alongside Cesar Chavez. Now, Dolores Huerta is the star of a documentary.

High on movies at the Telluride Film Festival

The festival is known for screening films that matter. Each of the past five Academy Award best picture winners had their world- or North American premieres here.

Cinefamily closes pending investigation of harassment, abuse claims

The popular indie film theater has closed its doors as it deals with the resignation of its founder and the vice-president of its board of directors.

Lakeith Stanfield finds beauty in tragedy in 'Crown Heights'

The actor talks about his role as Colin Warner, a Trinidadian immigrant convicted for a crime he did not commit.

Edie Falco: It's all about the 'writers, writers, writers'

"For many years I thought, 'Well you know, the script isn't very good but if I work hard enough and do a really good job, I can fix it.'"

Al Gore believes the internet might be the answer to 'fake news'

Former Vice President Al Gore hopes his new documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power" will educate people on how to talk about climate change and combat "fake news" with the truth.

Comic-Con 2017: Marvel causes a commotion, but 'Deadpool' is a no-show

Marvel Studios wowed fans with "Thor" and "Black Panther." But fans looking for a peek at the new "Deadpool" or "X-Men" films were let down by 20th Century Fox.

Jessica Williams: 'This is my ancestors' dream'

The former "Daily Show" correspondent is making her feature film starring debut in the Netflix movie, "The Incredible Jessica James."

Ai Weiwei makes 'Hansel & Gretel' unsettling in a new way

As a fairy tale about eating children, "Hansel & Gretel" was already pretty disturbing. As an art exhibition about surveillance, it's unnerving in a different way.

'Friends from College's' creators explain why the show may be 'an acquired taste'

The characters in the Netflix series are snobs who behave badly. The show's co-creators hope they're relatable enough to make up for it.