A Week In Movies: Stiller and Williams film in rainy London, while trailers debut for Brosnan, Owen, Rio and Maleficent

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filming scenes for Night at the Museum 3

In the lull between big awards shows, media attention turns to Super Bowl halftime performances and adverts, while award-nominated actors and filmmakers travel around the world to squeeze in their next projects before Bafta and Oscar nights. Judi Dench is in India filming The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 with the reunited cast from the original. Chiewtel Ejiofor is in New Zealand filming something top-secret. Cate Blanchett is taking a well-deserved holiday. Meanwhile, Ben Stiller and Robin Williams have been snapped on the streets of rain-swept London filming scenes for Night at the Museum 3. We braved the British weather to snap the filming in action.

We got our first glimpse of the comedy-drama A Long Way Down this week, with a new trailer that plays up the film's black humour and warm emotion. Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots play four people who meet as they're planning to end it all by leaping from a London skyscraper. In the media circus that follows, they make a pact to live for at least one more month. It looks funny and rather sweet, with the terrific cast on great form. It's out in March. Watch 'A Long Way Down' Trailer here.

Also out in March, Blood Ties is a violent thriller starring Clive Owen and Billy Crudup as brothers struggling to get their lives back on track. It looks dark and gritty, and worth seeing just for the fierce supporting cast, which includes Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and the reteamed Rust & Bone duo Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Take a look at the trailer for 'Blood Ties' here.

Rio 2

There's also a new trailer out for the sequel Rio 2, a comedy adventure that sends our heroes into the Amazon to meet some distant relatives. The all-star voice cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx, Bruno Mars and Will.i.am. It opens in April. Click to watch the 'Rio 2' trailer.

Also out in April, and targeting a very different audience, Oculus is a grisly supernatural horror movie about a creepy old mirror that has some sort of sinister power over a pair of siblings. The teaser trailer doesn't give much away, and has only brief glimpses of stars Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff and Brenton Thwaites. If you are not faint of heart - watch the 'Oculus' Trailer here.


And finally, there's a new trailer for the fairy tale riff Maleficent that centres on Lana Del Rey's theme song Once Upon a Dream. The song adds a haunting quality to the imagery we've already seen of Angelina Jolie inhabiting one of Disney's most iconic animated wicked witches, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. The trailer also features new scenes from the film that make it look like a proper effects extravaganza. It opens at the end of May. Take a look at the Lana Del Rey - Once Upon a Dream (Maleficent "Dream" Trailer) here.


Tags: Ben Stiller - Robin Williams - Judi Dench - Pierce Brosnan - Clive Owen - Billy Crudup - Karen Gillan - Lana Del Rey - Angelina Jolie

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