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

'Finding Oscar' documentary explores US role in Guatemalan civil war

The film revisits a massacre in the small Guatemalan village of Dos Erres where 250 people were killed in 1982 by government soldiers.

Lauren Greenfield's photos might have predicted the rise of Donald Trump

After a quarter-century of examining wealth in its many permutations, the photographer and filmmaker says she finds overlapping themes in the new president's rise.

Potential strike looms as Writers Guild negotiations resume

Members of the Writers Guild are scheduled to have a strike authorization vote on April 24, a week before its contract expires.

Aimee Mann's new album is 'Mental Illness' but she's pretty sane

The sound on the singer/songwriter's new album is acoustic and stripped down. The title started as a joke between friends, but it was so perfect that it stuck.

Robert Schenkkan takes on President Trump in new play

The playwright won a Tony Award for his LBJ play, "All the Way," and now he's written a new work that imagines the effects of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

Jason Segel's epiphany: 'The stuff I'm making is not the same stuff I'm watching'

The actor made his career in big studio comedies such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Now he's more interested in films that pose a challenge to an audience.

How The Wooster Group brings a 1971 debate on feminism to new life

The avant-garde theater company re-creates a notorious incident that finds modern-day resonance in today's women's movement.

Niki Caro wants to 'kick the door open' for other women directors

By directing Disney's live-action "Mulan," Niki Caro will be just the fourth woman to helm a non-animated movie with a budget of more than $100 million. Her latest film is "The Zookeeper's Wife."

'The Americans' creators vow not to put a KGB-era Putin in the series

Although set during the height of the Cold War in the 1980s, 'The Americans' has new resonance due to recent tensions between the U.S. and Russia.

Drake curates a global sound for his record-breaking album 'More Life'

Drake’s new release broke the record for the most streams in a single day and is reshaping the definition of the traditional album.

Deborah Borda on leaving the LA Phil and why the NEA will survive

When CEO Deborah Borda came to Los Angeles in 2000, the Philharmonic was in a state of disarray. Seventeen years later, it's among the world's most prosperous symphony orchestras.

'The Sense of an Ending' director Ritesh Batra on film censorship in India

Ritesh Batra won international acclaim for his debut feature film "The Lunchbox" in 2013. Now Batra has directed his first English-language movie, “The Sense of an Ending."

Walt Disney gets the Philip Glass opera treatment in 'The Perfect American'

Despite being commissioned for New York City Opera in 2008, the work is just having its U.S. premiere by Long Beach Opera.

How Alvin Ailey's 'superheroes of dance' are advancing social justice

Choreographer Hope Boykin's latest work for the Alvin Ailey company is inspired by the orations of Martin Luther King.

SxSW tries to reassure artists over 'deportation' clause in contracts

The festival says next year it will remove language that allows organizers to notify immigration authorities if a foreign band violates the contract.