Film

British actor Mark Rylance doesn’t confine himself to films, the stage or television, he does them all.

Rylance just got an Oscar nomination for his role as Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in the film “Bridge of Spies.” He’s long been a favorite of New York theater-goers for his Tony Award-winning work in “Boeing, Boeing,” “Jerusalem” and “Twelfth Night.” Fans of the PBS “Masterpiece” series will recognize Mark Rylance for his performance as Thomas Cromwell in “Wolf Hall.”

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is presenting its longest-running film festival.

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San Antonio's first Feminist Film Festival kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 19.  They're calling it Scene and Heard--and Patt Jasso says that "scene" is at a well-known venue.

"It's going to be at the Alamo Drafthouse on 410, which is the old Central Park Mall."

It'll be held over two nights, Tuesday and Thursday.

There was a time when actor Ray Liotta would never have considered taking a role on television. "When I first started, television was kind of like the wasteland," Liotta tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It [was] like, 'Well, things are over now. Now you do television.' "

But the Goodfellas and Field of Dreams actor acknowledges that times — and TV — have changed. "Now television is very respected and people consider that when they're casting for movies. ... I thought, well maybe doing a show, a 13-episode type show, would be a smart move to make."

Many Americans know Dame Maggie Smith as the elegant and formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham. But at 81, Smith is now starring in a role that's a long way from Downton Abbey. In The Lady in the Van, Smith is Mary Shepherd — a homeless woman who lived in a derelict van parked in playwright Alan Bennett's driveway for 15 years.

"She was quite happy on the street," Smith tells NPR's Renee Montagne. "But I think Alan was so distressed watching her outside his window all the time that he thought he just had to help."

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