#TheBigDeal — December 2016

In this issue:

Season Specials
Movie Premieres

It’s easy for us to look at the great job you are diligently doing day in and out. We know that what you do is far from easy, and it soaks us with inspiration, raising our own goals and expectations higher. AFN wants to be part of your holidays by doing anything we can to serve you, our men and women in uniform, families and federal civilians serving overseas – by bringing you the best U.S. Radio & Television our nation has to offer. You are more than an AFN audience member, you are family, and we genuinely wish you a very special Holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Army Navy Game 2016There isn’t a more prized military tradition than the Army Navy Game to mix a little friendly rivalry with the holidays. Coming to you live on AFN|sports on Saturday December 10th, we will be continuing last years live tweeting and Facebook posting during the game, while sharing messages on-air. Join AFN for some social media fun, engaging with your brothers and sisters around the globe by going Live on Facebook from your living rooms and watch parties with #ArmyNavyAFN.

College Football Bowl Season is almost here! To catch the big games go to myAFN.net for days and airtimes for your region. Also, remember that the NBA’s Christmas Day Games are the perfect stocking stuffer for you dedicated sports fans! Don’t miss the NBA’s slate of Christmas Day Games. Check out myAFN.net for airtimes.

For a complete list of holiday programming during the season go to the myAFN Holidays site at holidays.myafn.net to see all the movies and specials for the season.


Go to TopSeason Specials

Pearl Harbor – Into the Arizona
AFN|movie 5:00pm (CET/JKT) Wednesday, December 7th
Pearl Harbor - Into the ArizonaUsing the latest in underwater technology, the film gains access to the ship’s lower decks for the first time since the unanticipated attack and brings to life what happened aboard the Arizona on that fateful day. Pearl Harbor – Into the Arizona features interviews with historians and survivors, including retired Navy Seaman Donald Stratton, a USS Arizona survivor, only 19 years old when he received orders to serve aboard the doomed battleship. Now, Stratton views the sunken ship’s interior, a site he never thought he’d see again, for the first time in 75 years. The wreckage holds a veritable time capsule of the Arizona’s last moments and a record of a day that will live in infamy. Produced by Story House Productions, the film is directed by Carsten Oblaender.

Hairspray Live!
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Thursday, December 8th
Hairspray Live!Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Hairspray Live! takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”

Critics’ Choice Movie & TV Awards
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Monday, December 12th
Critics' Choice Movie & TV AwardsT.J. Miller returns to host the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, kicking off the award season. The Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

Rock the Troops
AFN|spectrum 7:00pm (CET/JKT) December 18th
Rock the TroopsEntertainment icon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is partnering with Spike TV, Casey Patterson Entertainment and Don Mischer Productions to create a monumental holiday event, Rock the Troops, a music and entertainment experience created to honor, inspire and captivate the brave men and women of America’s Armed Services. This compelling and modern tribute will emanate from the historical Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and bring together A-list headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and film to debut this December. Performances by Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Rob Riggle, Scott Eastwood, Terry Crews, Laird Hamilton, Jeffrey Ross and JB Smoove. Music performances by Flo Rida, Nick Jonas, Tenacious D, Lynryd Skynyrd and Aaron Lewis.

The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
AFN|family 10:00am (CET/JKT) Saturday, December 25th
The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas ParadeThe largest Christmas event in America will have a legendary 2016 talent lineup for its landmark anniversary celebration. Olivia Newton-John will be Grand Marshal with musical performances from Cyndi Lauper, Kenny G, WAR, Eric Benét, Scotty McCreery, The Empty Hearts, members from Blondie, The Cars, Chesterfield Kings, The Romantics, Band Of Merrymakers and more. The parade will also showcase a special magic performance by the stars of “Masters of Illusion.” Keep an eye out for special on-air messages for you from celebrities, and social media from the event.


Go to TopMovie Premieres

AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, December 2nd

CarolIn this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. Stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. (TV-MA)

AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, December 3rd

St. VincentA a single mother moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka, Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine—the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart. Stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard and Jaeden Lieberher.

AFN|family 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, December 4th

PaddingtonFrom the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman, Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. Stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw.

AFN|movie 10:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, December 9th

YouthA poignant tale of how we each find our own passion in life seen through the lifelong bond between two friends. Vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as he ponders retirement, Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena. Fred’s friend Mick is intent on finishing a screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda. And where will inspiration lead their other younger friend Jimmy, an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? Stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda. (TV-MA)

I’ll See You in my DreamsPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, December 10th

I'll See You in my DreamsWidowed Carol has an ordered life. She does housekeeping and a regular bridge game with some old friends from the nearby senior community. But she’s disconnected from everyone, living in her own house – and after she euthanizes her dog, she becomes lonelier. But a series of events propel her into a renewed engagement with the people and the world around her. Stars Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place; with Malin Akerman and Sam Elliott.

The Peanuts MoviePREMIERE
AFN|family 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, December 11th

The Peanuts MovieCharlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle—and flying ace—embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. Stars Noah Schnapp, Alex Garfin, Hadley Miller, Mariel Sheets, Noah Johnston, AJ Tecce, Venus Schultheis, Rebecca Bloom, Mar Mar and Madisyn Shipman.

AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, December 16th

DeadpoolBased upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand. (TV-MA)

AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, December 17th

JoyA story of a family spanning four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen.

Kung Fu Panda 3PREMIERE
AFN|family 4:00pm (CET/JKT) Sunday, December 18th

Kung Fu Panda 3When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! Stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson and J.K. Simmons.

AFN|movie 11:00pm (CET/JKT) Friday, December 23rd

BurntChef Adam Jones had it all—and lost it. He was a two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match. The former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time, and only cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene. Burnt is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances. Stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Alicia Vikander and Lily James. (TV-MA)

A Merry Friggin ChristmasPREMIERE
AFN|movie 7:00pm (CET/JKT) Saturday, December 24th

A Merry Friggin ChristmasBoyd and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parent’s house with his eccentric father that he has been avoiding for years. When he realizes that he left his son’s gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise to save Christmas. Stars Robin Williams, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecke and Candice Bergen.

CREDITS— Contributing Writer/Editor: Fabian Montgomery, Blog Layout and Design: Mark Middleton, #TheBigDeal Production: Rock Grant. Video Talent: Eric Gabriel. November 28, 2016.