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

Dramatizing the already dramatic story that inspired 'Lion'

Screenwriter Luke Davies and Saroo Brierley talk about adapting Brierley's amazing experience of finding his birth mother after an accidental 25-year-long separation.

Oscar-nominated 'Moonlight' editors on making history in the era of #OscarsSoWhite

Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders are nominated for an Academy Award and she's the first African American woman ever nominated in the editing category.

How composer Justin Hurwitz created the award-winning score for 'La La Land'

The movie is an Academy Award favorite, but the most important thing for Hurwitz was creating a score that "sounded like its own thing."

Facebook looks to loosen YouTube's hold on music videos

MTV was the first big player on the music video scene. Then it was YouTube, and now Facebook wants in on the game.

Oscar-nominated short documentary '4.1 Miles' personalizes the refugee crisis

The efforts of one Greek Coast Guard captain and his crew to save as many lives as possible are the subject of Daphne Matziaraki's film.

How embracing the uncanny led to the unique look and feel of 'Legion'

In many ways, the new FX series "Legion" feels more like a psychedelic immersion into the main character's mental landscape and less like a comic book show.

Are Grammy voters in tune with today's music?

Though Adele won out over Beyoncé's more adventurous album, this year's Grammy results indicate that voters are branching out from their conservative tendencies.

'Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis' tackles aftermath of terrorism

Colin Hanks' HBO documentary follows the Eagles of Death Metal in the months that followed the November 2015 attacks in Paris, when 89 people were killed at the band's concert.

Warner Bros. stays on course to make films available for early streaming

Most studios are exploring a future when new releases are made available to home viewers within weeks instead of months.

De La Soul previews its Kickstarter-funded album, 'And the Anonymous Nobody'

De La Soul's David Jude Jolicoeur and Kelvin "Pos" Mercer talk sampling, making music without a record label, and what you can expect from their new album.

What 'The Lego Batman Movie' has in common with 'Deadpool'

Producer Dan Lin describes "The Lego Movie" as "The Matrix" for kids. Could "The Lego Batman Movie" be a PG version of "Deadpool"?

Lin-Manuel Miranda: 'Chase what inspires you and finish it'

The multi-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda — “Hamilton” creator, “Moana” songwriter — discusses whether the election has changed what he wants to do with his art.

Barry Jenkins: from relative unknown to 8 Oscar nominations for 'Moonlight'

Before making "Moonlight" filmmaker Barry Jenkins only had one other feature-length film under his belt. Now, he's going through the hectic experience of awards season.

Going straight to the source for a film about James Baldwin

For his Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” filmmaker Raoul Peck used only the writer's words — either read by Samuel L. Jackson or taken from archival recordings of Baldwin himself.

Opportunities for women film directors are few and far between

A new report from USC Annenberg's Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative finds a startling lack of opportunity for women, and especially for women of color.