Jude Law Goes Shirtless While Vacationing in Hawaii (PHOTOS)

Jude Law kicked off 2013 with a splash.

The British actor, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, showed no signs of slowing down as he celebrated the New Year with his son Rudy in Hawaii. The duo were spotted body boarding in the azure blue waters on Tuesday.

Law showed off his fit physique as he and Rudy — the youngest of his children from his now-defunct marriage with Sadie Frost — spent the afternoon bonding with their boogie boards.

Unlike other celebrities, the actor, who most recently starred opposite Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina, is celebrating his age.

“In a weird way, it’s kind of a relief to think, ‘Oh, I know I’m not that young sort of pretty thing anymore,’” Law told TThe New York Times’ style magazine, in November. “It’s quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it.”

He added: “I feel kind of more confident, more settled as a human being, more settled in my own skin.”

What do you think of his post-40 look? Sound off in the comments — and watch Jude talk Anna Karenina, below.

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Happy Birthday, Jude Law! See His Career in 8 Clicks

After nearly two decades in the spotlight, Jude Law is reaching a big milestone: his 40th birthday.

Since stepping on the scene in the early 1990s, the Academy Award-nominated actor has left his mark on Hollywood — through crime thrillers like The Talented Mr. Ripley, heart-wrenching romantic dramas like Closer and action-adventure flicks like Sherlock Holmes.

 

But before be began his long-running reign as one Britain’s biggest movie stars, Law was just a little-known thespian working the theater circuit in England.

After beginning acting in the National Youth Music Theatre during the late 1980s, Law landed a role in a British television soap opera.

But before long, he was stepping into the bright lights of the stage in several London productions. By 1994, he earned himself a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performance in Les Parents Terribles.

Though he appeared in low-budget British indies like Shopping, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that Law first emerged in the American film industry. But his chiseled good looks and acting chops didn’t earns raves right away.

In honor of his turning 40 on Saturday, look back at Law’s rise to big-screen success. Then tell us in the comments section: which of Law’s performances is your favorite?

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Oscar Ballots Mailed Out Today: 7 Under-the-Radar Performances That Deserve Nominations (PHOTOS)

Oscar ballots were mailed out to voters on Monday, which means that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be scrambling over the next couple of weeks to catch up on every movie they might have missed this year.

Already, many of the top categories have been decided. (Yes, Anne Hathaway, you can start picking out your Oscar dress.)

But with the element of surprise always in play, Celebuzz thought today would be a good chance to plug some our favorite performances from 2012 — ones that may not otherwise catch Oscar’s attention.

Among our favorites: Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike, which captivated audiences yet couldn’t even manage to get a Golden Globe nomination, and Judi Dench in Skyfall, which, c’mon, was totally the best performance in that movie. (Sorry, Javier Bardem.)

Check out these and other under-the-radar performances that deserve Oscar nominations in the gallery, above.

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Charlie Sheen, Jude Law, George Clooney: Top 10 Celebrity Quotes of the Week (GALLERY)

“In a weird way, it’s kind of a relief to think, ‘Oh, I know I’m not that young sort of pretty thing anymore.’ It’s quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it.”

Which seasoned star said he is retiring his title as Hollywood’s hottest?

Was it or Charlie Sheen, Jude Law, or George Clooney?

Find out in Celebuzz’s top quotes of the week.

Which handsome actor said he has outgrown being the pretty young thing?

It was Jude Law!

The 39-year-old English actor has been known as one of Hollywood’s reigning heartthrobs. But now, he is finally ready to throw in the towel.

In an interview with T, The New York Times Style Magazine, the Anna Karenina star verbally dethrones himself — and he seems relieved about it.

Law has received constant recognition for his charmingly good-looks throughout his career, most notably being named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2004. He was also previously linked to bombshell Sienna Miller, gaining the unofficial title of “most beautiful couple,” before a nanny scandal and inevitable split.

He may be over it, but we’re not sure we’re ready to let him retire.

Do you still consider Jude Law eye candy? Sound off in the comments below.

Find out what else your favorite celebs had to say this week in Celebuzz’s Top 10 Quotes of the Week.

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‘Rise of the Guardians’ Producer Guillermo del Toro on Making an Animated ‘Avengers’

If you’ve seen the trailer for Rise of the Guardians then you’ve seen a Santa that looks  like a Russian wrestler, an Easter Bunny who’s a dead-eye with a boomerang and human-hummingbird hybrid with a jones for baby teeth as they join together to fight an otherworldly force of evil.

No, this isn’t The Avengers for eight year olds. According to executive producer Guillermo Del Toro, Team Guardian got there first.

“When we started the movie, Avengers was not even a blip on the radar,” he told Celebuzz. “These movies take years to do.”

For Del Toro, this is his third time working in animation, the first being Kung Fu Panda 2 followed by Puss in Boots. He’s currently producing a digital remake of the classic Pinocchio and has Kung Fu Panda 3 waiting in the wings.

The director of hits like the Hellboy movies as well as the Oscar-nominated Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro took an active creative role working with first-time director Peter Ramsey on Guardians.

In the new movie, Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, teams up with Santa (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and a non-verbal Sand Man. Their foe is Pitch (Jude Law), an evil force on a mission to snuff out children’s sense of wonder. As children stop believing, the life force of the guardians is drained away.

“The way Peter [Ramsey] saw it was like a superhero team coming together,” said Del Toro. “But he didn’t want to take the characters and give them super powers or anything like that. He wanted opposite personalities, grander than life, personalities clashing and coming together as the story goes along.”

Unlike most executive producers, Del Toro consulted on story, themes, characters and the look of the movie.

“The character that we took the most time designing was Bunny,” he said about the muscle-clad rabbit with a thick Australian accent. “He went through three or four incarnations than the one you see. We went with a bunny that has sort of baggy pants and a little vest and he was a little prissy. And there was another one where he was wearing leather and physically was very different, he was much more close to a real bunny.”

What the team finally decided on was to dispense with his clothing altogether and shape its fur coat as clothing, with markings like tattoos.

For a filmmaker known mainly for horror/fantasy, Del Toro seems to have a pretty strong knack for pleasing the kids. While Guardians favors a dark palette and often broaches  darker themes, he noted that most classic fairy tales traditionally do the same, but are often scrubbed clean for modern audiences.

“You can go and insinuate darkness and show darkness but ultimately it needs to stay on the tracks,” he concluded, warning, “any kind of helicopter parenting that tries to prevent moments like that is only creating an illusion for the way the world exists.”

Rise of the Guardians opens in theaters nationwide November 21. Watch the film’s theatrical trailer below.

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Scarlett Johansson and Jared Leto, Rihanna and Chris Brown: Exes That Remain Friends (GALLERY)

Break-ups generally involve crying, fights, and the blame game. But occasionally you’ll get a couple that remains close after a sometimes-devastating split.

These celeb couples have learned to stay cool, calm and collected after the dust settles.

Just days before her ex-husband, Ryan Reynolds, 35, tied the knot to Blake Lively, 25, Scarlett Johansson, 27, was spending some quality time with another one of her exes, Jared Leto, 40. Leto was on hand to support Johansson during her 2012 Democratic National Convention speech and couldn’t hide his excitement for her.

Curious as to which other celeb exes are still friendly?

Rihanna, 24, and Chris Brown, 23, made major waves at the 2012 MTV VMA Awards when she kissed and hugged him while making her way to her assigned seat just a few aisles down. The singer also told Oprah on Oprah’s Next Chapter, “I think he was the love of my life.”

Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake, 31, and Cameron Diaz, 40, have remained friendly after their 2007 breakup. Thanks to the big screen, the two were reunited for their flick Bad Teacher and never once did things seem awkward. Diaz told People being on set with Timberlake was not a big deal. “We had a great time,” she said.

Angelina Jolie, 37, may be engaged to longtime boyfriend Brad Pitt, 48, but she’s always stood by ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton’s side. Jolie recently penned the forward to Thornton’s book, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, where she explains that he “has a big beautiful heart.” Thornton, 57, has also had nothing but kind words for the mother of six and told ABC’s Nightline that they remain “good friends.”

David Arquette, 41, and Courteney Cox, 48, have been very candid about their mutual adoration for one another despite their ongoing marital issues. She dished to Jimmy Kimmel that even though the two are now legally separated, she and Arquette are “best friends.” The two also agree that their biggest priority is their daughter, Coco.

No matter how hairy a break-up can get, these couples are proof positive that you can get through things civilly and you may even end up becoming closer for it.

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Which friendly ex-couple do you like the best? Let us know in the comments section below.