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When the new comedy "Morning Glory" premieres this week, we'll be looking forward to watching Canadian-born beauty Rachel McAdams hold her own onscreen against the veteran talents of Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford. A less-seasoned star might be intimidated! But while Rachel's career was late-breaking at first, her exuberant performances and diverse roles over the past six years have made her one of the most coveted actresses in Hollywood. How did she make it so big, so fast? Let's take a look.

Rachel was born in London, Ontario, Canada in 1978. But unlike many other major stars, acting wasn't the family business—so instead of getting an early start in showbiz, Rachel took up competitive figure skating at age four. She didn't get a taste of drama until her teens, when an interest in acting led her to join a summer theater camp and professors recognized that they had a true talent on their hands.


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Not only are former flames Jude Law and Sienna Miller fresh from the holiday season, the two of them have something else to celebrate — their birthdays. The two have reportedly rekindled their romance right on the eve of their respective birthdays, as Sienna turned 28 yesterday and Jude turns 37 today.

At least one part of their celebration plans are currently known as the pair was photographed vacationing together with three of Jude's children. Based on the photos, it seems that the two are happily on their way towards reconciliation.


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If you managed to spend your Christmas weekend away from nine-foot-tall blue aliens and instead with the world's most famous sleuth, you'd know that the late-blooming, scene-stealing, best romance of 2009 came from Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes." And no, Rachel McAdams is surprisingly not a part of that equation.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law hit pitch-perfect chemistry as the title Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Watson. And while in the movie Sherlock is definitely the girl in the relationship (Those temper tantrums! That manipulation!), MTV News had to ask the actors themselves who they thought would be donning the dress of the two men.


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Though Robert Downey Jr. is sure to be the stand out star of next week's "Sherlock Holmes," word on the street is Jude Law, who plays the title character's sidekick Watson, gives him a run for his money. The Academy Award nominated actor will also be appearing in Christmas' limited release, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

Click on the photo below to see Jude through the years, then read on to find out the past that made him the critically acclaimed actor he is today.

Born on December 29, 1972 in Lewisham, South London, England to teachers Peter Law and Margaret Heyworth, Jude got his start in acting in 1987 with the National Youth Music Theater. After two years on the stage, Jude got his first role on British television in a movie based on "The Tailor of Gloucester." During his time on British television, he got his first taste of Sherlock Holmes in the episode he acted in of "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes" in 1991.


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Solving head-scratching mysteries is all in a day's work for Jolly Ol' England's most infamous crime-fighting duo. But one quandary that didn't require much sleuthing was the dress code at last evening's "Sherlock Holmes" premiere. Elementary, my dear Crushers, black and white were the order of the night at the film's New York City debut.

Well, not everyone opted for ebony or ivory. Sherlock himself, Robert Downey Jr., channeled a modern-day incarnation of the sleuth in a dapper brown tweed suit and pink tie, while his right-hand man Jude Law opted for an all-black ensemble accented with just a touch of burgundy by his pocket square. Costar Rachel McAdams also rocked the midnight shade in a Jasmini Di Milo bustier top and high-waisted trousers, which seemed a touch casual for the big event. We liked her gray asymmetrical Andrew GN gown from the film's London premiere much better.


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Last time MTV News took you "Behind The Screen," it was to look very closely at Megan Fox's turn as a flesh-eating high school vixen in "Jennifer's Body." This time, the focus isn't quite as gory, but it is just as intriguing. Among the movies highlighted in our new "Behind the Screen" episode, which airs TODAY on MTV at 4pm EST/1pm PST are two of this months biggest movie releases — "Avatar" and "Sherlock Holmes." So if buff men (Sam Worthington) and British accents (Jude Law) are your thing, you should definitely tune in.

The show will also take you ahead of the screen by giving you a sneak peek at 2010 comedies "The Other Guys," starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, and "Dinner for Shmucks," starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis. So this means you'll likely swoon and laugh. A win-win for all!

Once again: the "Behind the Screen" episode will air TODAY on MTV at at 4pm EST/1pm PST!

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By James Dinh

In the past few years, a quiet yet remarkably talented actress by the name of Rachel McAdams has worked her way to the silver screen, and now she's also made her way to the cover of Vogue. Posing in a flower printed red Dolce & Gabbana dress and matching red stilettos, the “Sherlock Holmes” star graces the January 2010 issue. In the mag, which hits stands on December 22, the actress talks working with Lindsay Lohan, her fascination with soap operas and much more.

In 2004, Rachel's career jump-started when she starred in “Mean Girls” playing queen bee Regina George alongside Lindsay. “I just remember marveling about how much [Lindsay] knew as an actor, how much she understood," Rachel recalled. "She did very few takes and had this naturalness to her. And beyond that, I was 26 at the time. I’d be asked, ‘Where do you go out?'"


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