A daily chronicle of creativity in film, TV, music, arts and entertainment. Host John Horn leads the conversation, accompanied by the nation's most plugged-in cultural journalists. All episodes of The Frame can be streamed from Southern California Public Radio.


The Final Moments of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ On A 12-Hour Loop

May 24, 2019 ·

Why Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson made a 12-hour version of the final aria of Mozart’s beloved “The Marriage of Figaro”; Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board members reach a tentative $44 million settlement with the women who’ve accused…

‘Ma’ Leads An Unlikely Pack Of Summer Horror Flicks

May 23, 2019 ·

The most lucrative season for studios and cineplexes is usually filled with action films and sequels, but scary movies are making big inroads; a new study indicates that LGTBQ representation in movies improved in 2018; the guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela…

Olivia Wilde switches roles for ‘Booksmart’

May 22, 2019 ·

The actress went behind the camera for the teen girl comedy, which marks her directing debut; an Amazon TV series and a movie starring Kristen Wiig have canceled plans to shoot in Georgia because of the state’s new abortion law; singer, songwriter and …

Sibling Envy Runs Amok On ‘The Other Two’

May 21, 2019 ·

The TV series co-creators, Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly, talk about their offbeat family comedy; can the video app TikTok take over music streaming?; recreating 1969 in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

The Game Is On To Find The Next ‘Thrones’

May 20, 2019 ·

Now that “Game of Thrones” is over (and many viewers are over it), HBO and other networks are looking for The Next Big Thing; Andrew Bird’s latest album is cleverly titled, “My Finest Work Yet”; rapper Little Simz explores the “Grey Area.”

NEW: The Frame’s Summer Movie Special

May 18, 2019 ·

John Horn and Los Angeles Times film writer Jen Yamato are your guides to the Summer movie season. Guests include Kumail Nanjiani (“Stuber”), Olivia Wilde (director of “Booksmart”) and Emma Thompson (“Late Night”). With the Elton John biopic coming up …

Tim Heidecker Isn’t Really ‘Brokenhearted’

May 16, 2019 ·

The comedian was the victim of a rumor that his wife had left him, so he wrote an entire album of heartbreak songs inspired by his non-existent divorce; Amy Lemisch talks about her long tenure as head of the California Film Commission.

Going Back To Middle School (Ugh!) With ‘PEN15’

May 15, 2019 ·

Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine co-created and co-star in the Hulu series that finds all the awkwardness and humor in being a young teen; broadcast and cable networks continue to pitch their Fall schedules to advertisers in New York City.

Lila Downs Turns Up The Heat With ‘Al Chile’

May 14, 2019 ·

The singer, who has roots in both Mexico and the U.S., has a new album that takes on issues of the day; TV networks are laying out their fall plans for advertisers and the press; a new KPCC series reunites artists with the high school teachers who infl…

An Alternate Look At Being Muslim

May 13, 2019 ·

KPCC’s newest podcast, “Tell Them, I Am,” profiles Muslims from various walks of life who defy stereotypes about Islam and its followers; comedian Ramy Youssef has a new series on Hulu; the Japanese pop-punk band, Chai.

John Cameron Mitchell tries out a new stage

May 9, 2019 ·

The Tony Award-winning actor and playwright has an ambitious podcast musical titled “Anthem: Homunculus”; Disney’s $400 million bet on Vice Media is coming up dry; Anita Sarkeesian is out to halt harmful depictions of LGBTQ characters in video gaming. …

Woodstock 50 hangs in the balance

May 8, 2019 ·

The anniversary festival is up in the air as the promoter and his one-time backer are at odds; Max Joseph made a film that’s a paean to bookstores and reading; Song Exploder deconstructs a song from The Cranberries’ final album.

Putting a gay spin on ‘Game of Thrones’

May 7, 2019 ·

“Gay of Thrones” is the hilarious Funny or Die web series that recaps each episode of the HBO hit; Georgia’s governor signed an abortion bill that might impact film and TV production in the state; the singer who goes by Cimafunk is known as “the Cuban …

BTS makes some noise at the Rose Bowl

May 6, 2019 ·

The Korean boy band performed two shows to loud audiences, cementing its place in the global pop music world; filmmaker Mike Mills made an unlikely collaboration with the band, The National; the Write Girl program gives teen girls a boost.

Are Latinos left out of Hollywood’s diversity equation?

May 3, 2019 ·

Latinos go the movies in numbers that far surpass their percentage of the U.S. population. So why don’t studios cater more to that audience?; the HBO documentary, “At the Heart of Gold,” looks at the U.S. gymnastics sexual abuse scandal; creating a sou…

Steven Van Zandt steps out front again

May 2, 2019 ·

Bruce Springsteen’s long-time guitarist has his first solo album in 20 years —and it’s just one of his many gigs; Democratic presidential hopefuls are starting to make the rounds in Hollywood.

Hulu makes a big move with Kidman, McKinnon and Marvel

May 1, 2019 ·

The streaming service, now mostly owned by Disney, unveiled its new projects that include big stars and an expansion of the company’s comic book properties; playwright Eleanor Burgess deals with ‘The Niceties’; Jonny Pierce leads the way for the band T…

And the Tony Award nominees are …

April 30, 2019 ·

The musical “Hadestown” led the way with 14 nods, but the big surprise was the omission of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Network” in the best new play category; Michelle and Robert King talk about their hit TV series, “The Good Fight.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s run to ‘Knock Down the House’

April 29, 2019 ·

The campaigns of the rookie Congresswoman and three other candidates are documented in a Netflix film; filmmaker John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”) died today at the age of 51; with “Avengers: Endgame” breaking box office records, what’s next for the M…

Ex-CBS exec calls out network’s ‘white problem’

April 26, 2019 ·

Former CBS executive speaks out about the workplace culture at CBS which she says is toxic. Then, the Victoria Riskin, daughter of Hollywood legends, writes a memoir. And one Armenian-American musician strives to keep her culture’s musical history alive.

Inside Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Mockingbird’ story

April 25, 2019 ·

Aaron Sorkin was approved by Harper Lee to adapt “To Kill A Mockingbird” to the stage but just months before it was due to premiere her estate sued. The issues got resolved and now the play is a timely Broadway blockbuster. And, “Empire” actor Jussie S…

Kate del Castillo is ‘La Reina del Sur’

April 24, 2019 ·

Actress Kate del Castillo is back with “La Reina del Sur.” She opens up about her secret meeting with El Chapo, the backlash she suffered in her career and her return in a role of a lifetime; As Disney chief Bob Iger benefits from the largess of his co…

Andy Borowitz tries to be a stand-up guy

April 23, 2019 ·

The humorist, best known for his work in The New Yorker, is on tour before live audiences; students at Chapman University have successfully petitioned for the removal of posters from “The Birth of a Nation” that had been on display at the film school; …