John Horn

Host, The Frame

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John Horn is the host of The Frame. He previously was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the film business for more than a decade. Before joining The Times, Horn was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor at Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for The Associated Press and a television reporter for the Orange County Register. He is an honors graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Dramatic Arts. He is a former member of the vestry at All Saints Church and a former member of the boards of the National Arts Journalism Program and Union Station Homeless Services.

Stories by John Horn

'The Model Apartment': Donald Margulies 1988 play about family trauma is still relevant

Donald Margulies isn’t the son of Holocaust survivors but a childhood friend is. And they were the inspiration for his play, “The Model Apartment.”

Some encouraging and discouraging news about LGBTQ depictions on television

The annual study by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation finds an uptick in LGBTQ depictions on broadcast shows, but a disturbing trend about such characters being killed off.

Gimlet Media goes Hollywood to attract new listeners — and advertisers

For-profit podcast network Gimlet Media launches three new shows, and borrows quite a bit of Hollywood talent to attract new listeners and sponsors.

How the original 'Blair Witch' tricked audiences, without really trying

Dan Myrick, co-creator of the original "Blair Witch," says the film blurred the lines of reality in a way that wouldn't be possible today.

America Ferrera nearly quit acting to be an activist - now she does both

The star and a producer of the NBC comedy, "Superstore," recently worked on a documentary series called "America Divided" to examine U.S. immigration policy.

'Newtown' documentary explores aftermath of Sandy Hook shooting

The documentary "Newtown" chronicles the lingering effect of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in hopes of keeping the topic of gun violence in the public conversation.

Why NBC sat on the 'Access Hollywood' Trump tape

Despite having the "Access Hollywood" Trump tape days before the story broke, NBC wasn't first to publish. TV writer Mareesa Guthrie and attorney Susan Seager explain why.

Dispatch from 'Oldchella': Baby boomers, politics and fine dining

The opening weekend of new music festival Desert Trip featured a lineup of veteran rockstars, fine dining options and more than a few walkers.

'For The Record': a stage show built around classic pop songs from movies

The show is part cabaret, part concert, but the main focus is to highlight great filmmakers and the music they use.

'Cameraperson' is a cinematic scrapbook of joy and horror

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has woven together 25 years of documentary footage into a visual memoir of the moments that marked her.

'American Honey' director Andrea Arnold scouted talent in unusual places

The British director wanted some untrained performers for her film, and found her lead actress, Sasha Lane, on a beach in Florida.

'Funny or Die' wants to make PSAs people 'actually want to watch'

Brad Jenkins, who runs Funny or Die's D.C. office, discusses how they make politics funny, and the fine line between making entertainment and propaganda.

'Queen of Katwe' director Mira Nair brings a different African story to Hollywood

Nair says most Hollywood films about Africa treat the country as a backdrop. She wants to change that with this true story of a Ugandan chess prodigy.

ShondaLand partner Betsy Beers was raised by TV

Shonda Rhimes' partner watched TV "secretly" when she was a movie producer. Now, television is having a moment, and so is she.

Diavolo blends dance, architecture and real danger

Founder and artistic director Jacques Heim calls his company "the NFL of dance." His members work with giant custom props that can launch them into the air — or crush them.