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

How is the Trump Era transforming late-night TV?

Late-night TV hosts are defining their shows by how deep they're willing to delve into politics and how critical they are of the Trump Administration.

'Fun Home': How Alison Bechdel's queer coming-of-age comic became a musical

The cartoonist and author was dubious at the idea of having her graphic novel memoir adapted for the stage, but it ended up winning the Tony Award for Best Musical.

'Big Little Lies' producer determined to tell stories about women

Bruna Papandrea’s goals are to make movies and TV shows that feature multiple complex women characters and to fix the gender imbalance in Hollywood.

How 'Ultimate Beastmaster' fits into Netflix's global strategy

The streaming service is looking to expand its global reach with a reality competition show that's being produced for six countries simultaneously.

Meet C-SPAN's Steve Scully, 'the most patient man on television'

C-SPAN is an easy target for ridicule, but in an increasingly polarized media climate, could this neutral and civilized network have new relevance?

Jane Kaczmarek returns to her dramatic roots in 'Long Day's Journey Into Night'

Those who know her comedic work might be surprised to see the actress in such a serious role, but at this point in her career she wants to push beyond what's expected of her.

‘Salesman’ filmmaker sees similarities between Americans and Iranians

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Fahardi won his second Academy Award with "The Salesman," a film which he says resonates with American and Iranian audiences in similar ways.

Analysis: Oscar wasn't so white for a night

Big wins for "Moonlight" and African American actors are laudable, but the Motion Picture Academy and the industry must address broader diversity issues.

'Lion': Dev Patel was relieved to play a 'thoroughly soulful and emotional' role

In 2008, Patel landed his breakout role in "Slumdog Millionaire." Now, the 26-year-old has earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in "Lion."

Will Oscar ads follow the Super Bowl's lead and go political?

The Academy Awards don’t offer advertisers nearly the number of viewers that football’s biggest night draws in, but it’s still a huge national platform.

Judge halts enforcement of state law that curbed publication of actors' ages

The SAG-AFTRA actors union says the law helps fight age discrimination, but a federal judge ruled that the First Amendment protects websites such as IMDb.

Why Melanie Lynskey connects with indie films like her latest Sundance hit

The actress stars in "I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore" as a depressed, introverted woman who takes matters into her own hands after her house is robbed.

How to make the Oscars must-see TV again

The Oscars might be Hollywood's biggest night, but the show's seen its ratings drop precipitously over the past few years. What can the Academy do to make you watch?

Jordan Peele explores the horrors of racism with 'Get Out'

The comic actor makes his debut as a film director in a movie that's as much a psychological thriller as it is a horror movie.

Diverse film and TV casting makes economic sense, study says

UCLA's annual Hollywood diversity report finds that diverse casts mean higher ratings and increased ticket sales. Why aren't studios and networks getting the message?