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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
For the actor and comedian, adding a political point of view to his TV sketch show, “Billy on the Street,” was the natural thing to do.
At 14, Roxanne Shanté become a revered rapper in New York and beyond. Now, her life story has been made into a biopic written and directed by Michael Larnell.
Frame host John Horn shares updates from Park City, Utah, where the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is underway, with a focus on activism — both political and environmental.
Just like Norman Lear's original cast of characters, the Cuban-American family at the center of the reboot doesn't shy away from difficult conversations.
A new multimedia exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum features artists that have reworked content from news organizations like CNN and Newsweek — for their own purposes.
WIlliam Goldberg worked on Ben Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone" and "Argo," and now the filmmaker's latest.
Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne discusses the Lucas Museum's many false starts and what its arrival in Los Angeles means for the city.
The leader of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is the mastermind behind the two-week long "Lift Every Voice" festival.
A new study shows more gun violence than ever in top-grossing PG-13 films, even more so than in R-rated movies.
Film writer, actor and producer Sarah Megan Thomas hopes that making a TV series with strong women will have a positive influence.
Matt Bomer, JK Rowling and Patton Oswalt are just some of collaborators on the comic book anthology created to benefit victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
Entertainment reporter Lucas Shaw shares three big trends from the Consumer Electronics Show, where companies like Amazon and Hulu demo new products and services.
A report on the state of television in early 2017. What is there to look forward to? What's coming to an end? What are the latest trends?
Screenwriter Allison Schroeder is used to being the only woman at the table, but she's working to get more women "in the room where it happens" in Hollywood.
Director J.A. Bayona says: "The story was written for kids. It's about their world ... and the movie talks about it in a very accessible way, using fantasy."