The Big Deal in April is Movies! We’ve got many more big-studio AFN premiere titles this month than on average. There’s a bunch, with something new for everyone, so take a look at our fresh selections. We also have three new series coming your way with a host of returning shows. Check it all out along with the start of the MLB season and Month of the Military Child!
Straight Outta Compton — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, April 1st
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. Stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. (TV-MA)
Ant-Man — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, April 2nd
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of the Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “TI” Harris, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollà and Michael Douglas.
Olympus Has Fallen — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, April 6th
When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster. Stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo and Rick Yune.
Foxcatcher — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, April 8th
When wealthy John du Pont invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics, Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic brother, Dave. However, du Pont begins to lead Mark down a dark road, causing the athlete’s self-esteem to slip. Meanwhile, du Pont becomes fixated on bringing Dave into the fold, eventually propelling all three toward an unforeseen tragedy. Stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, Guy Boyd, Dave “Doc” Bennett. (TV-MA)
Avengers: Age of Ultron — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, April 9th
When Tony Stark jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor, the Incredible Hulk and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Cobie Smulders.
Project Almanac — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, April 13th
David Raskin is a high-school science nerd who dreams of going to MIT. When he and his friends find his late father’s plans for a “temporal displacement device,” David can’t wait to start tinkering. When they finally get the device to work, the teenagers jump at the opportunity to manipulate time in their favor — but their joy is short-lived when they begin to discover the consequences of their actions. Stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Ginny Gardner.
Jackie Robinson — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday & Saturday, April 15th and 16th
Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he was a widely-read newspaper columnist, divisive political activist and tireless advocate for civil rights, who later struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body and a new generation of leaders set a more militant course for the civil rights movement. Directed by Ken Burns.
The Wolf of Wall Street — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, April 22nd
In 1987, Jordan Belfort takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Pj Byrne, Kenneth Choi. (TV-MA)
Hercules — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, April 23rd
Based on Radical Comics’ Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth. Though he is famous across the ancient world for his larger-than-life exploits, Hercules, the son of Zeus and a human woman, is haunted by his tragic past. Now, he fights only for gold as a traveling mercenary, accompanied by a band of loyal followers, including Amphiarus and Autolycus. However, when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek his help in defeating a savage warlord, Hercules must find the true hero within himself once again. Stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Swell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt.
Kingsman: The Secret Service — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, April 29th
Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart recognizes potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree. Stars Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson. (TV-MA)
Interstellar — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, April 30th
In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand, a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine.
The Lego Movie — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, April 3rd
Emmet, an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special — an extraordinary being and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant’s plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly — and hilariously — unprepared for such a task, but he’ll give it his all nonetheless. Stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water — PREMIERE
AFN|movie 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, April 24th
Life is dandy in Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants and his friends Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Sandy. However, when the top-secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, SpongeBob finds that he must join forces with perpetual adversary Plankton and come ashore to battle a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies. Stars Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence and Douglas Lawrence.
AFN|spectrum LateNight 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, April 13th
Set in suburban New Jersey in 1985, Red Oaks is centered around college student David Meyer–a young man at a crossroads as he tries to figure out who he is and what he wants to be in this world. He gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club and while there, David finds himself the recipient of unsolicited life advice from a colorful group of co-workers and club members.
Mozart in the Jungle
AFN|spectrum LateNight 11:30pm (CET/JKT) Friday, April 15th
What happens behind the curtains at the symphony is just as captivating as what happens on stage. Created by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited), and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore). Brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) is stirring things up, and young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance.
AFN|prime Pacific 9:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, April 16th
Based on an epic poem written more than 1,000 years ago, fearless warrior Beowulf returns to his home of Herot to make peace with his past. In search of a community to fight for, he soon becomes wrongly accused of murder. He makes a vow to find the true perpetrator and avenge the death of his fellow kinsmen. As he upholds the law and protects Herot from danger, Beowulf becomes the town’s tough-but-unconventional hero.
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We’ve got a bunch of your kids pictures for April’s Month of the Military Child commemoration. Watch for them in family friendly program selections network-wide, all month long. You helped us program AFN|family during the Month of Military Child celebration this April by voting on Mil Kids Picks for the best family shows, and you will get the winners in AFN|family marathons on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each day a preschool selection, animated series and live-action/tween selection will marathon for 2 hours apiece starting at 1:00pm.
30 Teams in 3 Days starts April 3rd with three games, highlighting the 2015 World Series re-match game when the Chicago Cubs visit the Kansas City Royals on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The remaining 24 teams will play throughout the remaining two days on AFN|sports and AFN|sports2. This is the fastest AFN has been able to get all 30 teams on its schedule. Go to http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/ScheduleSports.aspx for details, and select MLB from the pulldown menu. Get ready for some serious baseball!
CREDITS— Contributing Writer/Editor: Fabian Montgomery, Contributing Writer: William Price, Blog Layout and Design: Mark Middleton, Video Production: Rock Grant, Video Talent: Eric Gabriel, March 24 2016