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John Horn

John Horn

Host, Retake (he/him)

I have covered the movie business for most of my professional life, and if that sounds like non-stop fun you’ve never watched “Battlefield Earth” or been yelled at by Scott Rudin.

I’m a third-generation journalist who studied dramatic arts in college (UC Berkeley) and have worked in this newsroom since 2014. I was previously a film reporter at the Los Angeles Times before I ditched print for public media, specifically radio, where I’m still very much a work in progress. I've also worked at a couple of great magazines, Newsweek and Premiere, which both fell apart soon after I left (coincidence?).

I’m less drawn to celebrities than I am to great artists and storytellers, and am not afraid of taking it to the big studios — past stories include Sony’s inventing the fake movie critic Dave Manning, and Disney hiring a convicted pedophile to direct the movie “Powder.”

I felt like I was doing my job when a studio executive once told my wife: “We both fear and respect John.”

On that note, in the interest of full disclosure, she is an in-house attorney for Netflix.

What questions do you have about film, TV, music, or arts and entertainment?
John Horn, entertainment reporter and host of our weekly podcast Retake, explores whether the stories that Hollywood tells about itself really reflect what's going on?

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