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.


Bonnie & Clyde’s lawmen get their own movie

March 15, 2019 ·

“The Highwaymen” tells the true story of the Frank Hamer and Maney Gault who finally took down the 1930’s outlaws Bonnie and Clyde after the FBI were unable to do it.

Kal Penn explains ‘This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy’

March 14, 2019 ·

If you’ve ever been confused about bitcoin, wondered if counterfeiting is really that big of a deal, or been curious about how exactly money laundering works, Kal Penn will help you figure it out in the Amazon series “This Giant Beast That is the Globa…

‘Girl’ director defends non-trans casting

March 13, 2019 ·

In “Girl” director Lukas Dhont tells the true story of trans dancer Nora Monsecour and he defends his choice to cast a cis-male in the lead role; Hollywood Screenwriters argue with their talent agencies saying they’re putting their companies’ interests…

Trying to tame his future in ‘The Mustang’

March 12, 2019 ·

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s feature film debut is about a former inmate sent to a rehab program to train wild horses; a new study from the Berklee School examines at women in the music industry; a report from the SxSW Film Festival in Austin.

Amy Berg picks up the story of ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’

March 11, 2019 ·

The filmmaker directs an HBO docu-series about the murder case made famous in the podcast, “Serial”; drummer Antonio Sanchez, who created the percussion score for the film, “Birdman,” is performing his album, “Bad Hombre,” live for the first time.

Jez Butterworth’s ‘The Ferryman’ is a Broadway hit

March 8, 2019 ·

The playwright’s drama, set in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles,” is based on a real story; Spotify and other streaming services balk at paying more to songwriters; “Captain Marvel” is female-centric, down to the music.

Wondery finds its niche in the podcast world

March 7, 2019 ·

It’s hard to gain traction in the oversaturated podcast market, but Wondery has become know for its deep dives into true crime stories; one-half of Kevin & Bean is calling it quits; comedian Angelina Spicer found humor in her darkest moments.

‘Gloria Bell’ puts Julianne Moore at the center of the action

March 5, 2019 ·

“Gloria Bell,” starring Julianne Moore, is a remake of the 2013 Chilean film “Gloria.” Both are directed by Sebastián Lelio who celebrates a character usually sidelined in traditional movies. And we meet the Portland-based group Y LA BAMBA and we what …

Bryce Dessner’s music can’t be pigeonholed

March 4, 2019 ·

He’s a co-founder of the rock band The National, but also a sought-after composer of contemporary classical works; Dan Reed, director of the Michael Jackson documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” on how his film came together; celebrating the 100th annivers…

‘PEN15’ captures middle school in all its glory

March 1, 2019 ·

Series co-creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine talk about capturing the awkward and hilarious middle school experience; Martin Scorsese may be forcing Netflix to change its theatrical screening strategy.

Chiwetel Ejiofor: The accidental filmmaker

February 28, 2019 ·

The actor didn’t imagine he would write and direct the adaptation of “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind,” but that’s what happened; composer, conductor and pianist André Previn has died; Van Nuys High School students collaborate with the L.A. Master Chora…

Song Club is in session

February 27, 2019 ·

Musicians Inara George and Eleni Mandell host an occasional performance and conversation series with songwriters of all genres composing music around a common theme; is R. Kelly still getting paid?; TV composer Kurt Farquhar was once homeless.

Bettye LaVette takes on the Bob Dylan songbook

February 26, 2019 ·

The veteran R&B singer finds the soul in classics such as “It AIn’t Me Babe” and “Mama, You Been On My Mind” on her latest album, “Things Have Changed”; Emma Thompson went public with her decision to pull out of a movie produced by the company that rec…

Recapping The Academy Awards

February 25, 2019 ·

There were surprises (“Green Book”! Olivia Colman!) and some history was made (Hannah Beachler, Ruth Carter). John Horn recaps the show with film critic Claudia Puig and L.A. Times film reporter Jen Yamato.

‘Eighth Grade’ and the vagaries of awards season

February 22, 2019 ·

Bo Burnham’s script won a top award from the Writers Guild, but it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar; there’s now an algorithm that writes movie scripts; Anthony Wilson’s album of songs and photographs.

‘Ragtime’ is back on stage

February 21, 2019 ·

Twenty years after its premiere, the musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel gets an elaborate revival at the Pasadena Playhouse; unpacking the Jussie Smollett story; what to expect (and not to expect) at the Academy Awards this weekend.

Through the eyes of Annie Leibovitz

February 20, 2019 ·

The prolific photographer talks about the survey that chronicles 50 years of documenting pop culture and politics; Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg on the state of television.

The Lorena Bobbitt Story 25 Years Later

February 19, 2019 ·

In 1993, Lorena Bobbitt became famous for cutting off her husband’s penis, but a new Amazon docu-series reveals the more complicated story; how the Oscar-nominated sound editors of “First Man” conveyed the anxiety of space flight; the Hollywood guilds …

The Frame’s preview of The Academy Awards

February 16, 2019 ·

John Horn and Rebecca Keegan of The Hollywood Reporter co-host the hour-long special, which features interviews with many nominees, including Glenn Close, Rami Malek, Spike Lee and Rachel Weisz.

Rosanne Cash means business

February 15, 2019 ·

The singer/songwriter is part of country music royalty, but her politics are out of the Nashville mainstream; the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “RBG,” is up for an Academy Award.

‘Birds of Passage’ is a sad drug tale from South America

February 14, 2019 ·

Colombia’s official Oscar entry for foreign language film did not make the final cut of nominees, but many critics say it should have; the microscope of the #MeToo era has found pop music’s Ryan Adams; the Oscar-nominated sound editors from “A Quiet Pl…

Will Rachel Weisz be Oscar’s ‘Favourite’?

February 13, 2019 ·

The actress has an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in the period drama; The Academy of Motion Pictures has stirred up a hornet’s nest by pulling four awards from the Oscars telecast; Arturo O’Farrill took his New York-based Afro-Latin …