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

Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge on their stage roles in visceral '1984'

The co-stars of the current Broadway adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian story understand why audiences are having a tough time sitting through the show.

Works-in-progress hit the stage at the New York Musical Festival

The thrill of the annual showcase is that it's a chance to see the very first staging of a new work that could be a Broadway hit.

New York Times' Op-Docs is an outlet for documentary filmmakers

The executive editor for the platform, Kathleen Lingo, says the project allows audiences to absorb news in a different way.

'Time' tells the terrifying story of Kalief Browder's unjust incarceration

Arrested at 16, Browder spent three years at New York's Rikers Island jail, much of it in solitary confinement, without ever being convicted of a crime. Two years after his release, he took his own life.

'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'La La Land' songwriters: 'It's an exciting time' for musicals

Justin Paul and Benj Pasek wrote the song lyrics for "La La Land" and the songs for the current Broadway hit musical, "Dear Evan Hansen."

Does the Public Theater's Trump-like 'Julius Caesar' go too far?

Various U.S. presidents have been depicted as the doomed Shakespeare character. A New York Times theater critic says many people are misinterpreting the play.

'It Comes at Night' director made a horror film about confronting his own fears

Trey Shults says writing the movie helped him confront his fear of death and to deal with the grief of losing his father.

A 2017 writers' strike was averted, but what about actors?

The Writer's Guild contract negotiations came down to the wire, and now it's time for SAG-AFTRA to step to the negotiating table.

Cannes 2017: Netflix starts uproar, Jessica Chastain calls out portrayals of women

Netflix got booed by the French press, filmmaker Sofia Coppola made history, and Jessica Chastain's comments about women in film went viral.

El Niño and a raccoon helped Robin Swicord make 'Wakefield' on a budget

Robin Swicord knew she could make the film affordable and direct it herself. It was a strategy she employed after a big budget film she'd written was taken away from her.

'War Machine' uses satire to cast a critical eye on the war in Afghanistan

What does a war movie look like in the Trump Era? One of the first is “War Machine” from Australian writer/director David Michod.

Netflix's 'The Get Down': Baz Luhrmann wasn't returning either way

Before Netflix announced there would be no second season of the ambitious and expensive series, the filmmaker said he would bow out.

Grateful Dead doc director says 'Long Strange Trip' isn't just for Deadheads

The documentary examines how The Grateful Dead found its sound and community, and made the charismatic Jerry Garcia a reluctant leader.

Manchester: Why music matters to girls and why girls matter to music

Following the Manchester bombing, NPR music critic Ann Powers wrote, "Young girls loving music, whatever kind of music, are truth. I believe in them and nothing can annihilate their truth."

Making the Netflix crime series 'The Keepers' was 'sickening' for filmmaker Ryan White

The documentary investigates a mysterious murder, but then finds a bigger story about sexual abuse and the power of the Catholic Church in Maryland.