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

#OscarsSoWhite is definitely not canceled

Writer and activist April Reign is the creator of #OscarsSoWhite. Despite what you may have read, she says, the hashtag is just as relevant in 2017.

NYT film critic Manohla Dargis' most controversial review of the year

New York Times Film Critic Manohla Dargis reviews the year in film and shares which of her reviews inspired the most hate mail.

A 'Frozen' songwriter's R-rated side

She's best known for her work on Disney's "Frozen," but Kristen Anderson-Lopez explores more adult themes (and language) in her Broadway musical, "In Transit."

David Oyelowo's crusade to tell underrepresented stories

Even for all of the progress that he’s made in his career, the British Nigerian actor knows that show business is still deeply segregated.

How do you teach actors to 'Sing' like animals?

How do you teach actors to sing like animals? This was the veteran's task when he signed on as executive music producer for the new animated film, “Sing."

A court ruling puts veteran artists in a musical bind

The '60s act The Turtles have successfully fought a law that only gives copyright protection to songs created after 1972, but one of those decisions has just been overturned.

Dennis Lehane says he will never write about Los Angeles

Boston native Dennis Lehane likes to stick close to home for his stories, though "Live by Night" is set in Florida. He says L.A. belongs to other writers.

What Alex Gibney's 'Zero Days' teaches us about cyber warfare

The documentary takes audiences into the shadowy world of cyber warfare, a topic that feels more relevant than ever after Russia's alleged hack of the Democratic National Committee.

'Notes of a Native Song' is a rock 'n' roll homage to James Baldwin

The musical duo known as Stew and Heidi wrote a stage show that is inspired by writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin.

Trump won't be firing himself from 'The Celebrity Apprentice'

The President-elect will retain his executive producer credit on the series, and the resulting income, but could this cause eventual conflicts for NBC?

2016 was a breakthrough year for streaming music

In addition to artist innovations on various platforms, revenue from streaming this year will overtake music downloads and CD sales by a wide margin.

What will happen to LA's underground music scene after Oakland warehouse fire?

Emily Friedlander of Vice Media says there are underground music communities around the country and that the scene is L.A. is "very large and very active."

On stage and radio, Sandra Bernhard speaks her truth

Sandra Bernhard brings the raucous style of her one-woman stage shows to radio with her SiriusXM talk show "Sandyland."

'Icebergs' playwright tackles global warming and other threats with dark humor

For playwright Alena Smith, the anxieties of being an artist are similar to the effects of global warming, which is the subject of her new play.

Breaking down the Independent Spirit Award nominations

There's a bumper crop this year of lower budget movies that were made outside the studio system.