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Gwyneth Paltrow: “I Feel I Really Know Who I Am”

Gwyneth Paltrow is stunning as always on the cover of the August 2010 issue of Vogue magazine. The Oscar-winning mom-of-two now has a new title: Queen of the Kitchen. Often dishing out culinary tips in her online GOOP newsletter, Gwyneth is now taking her love of cooking a step further with a new cookbook titled My Father’s Daughter.

Describing the book, which is due to hit stores early next year, the Vogue writer says, “Her recipes reflect the kind of cooking that Paltrow prepares for her family most nights when she and her husband stay home.”

The Proof star, who has kids Apple, 6, and Moses, 4, with her rocker hubby Chris Martin, says her inspiration came from her late father Bruce Paltrow as well as her own love of food.

“I always feel closest to my father, who was the love of my life until his death in 2002, when I am in the kitchen. I can still hear him over my shoulder, heckling me, telling me to be careful with my knife,” Gwyneth writes in the book’s intro. “The most striking aspect about his cooking was how much joy he derived from feeding people that he loved. I mean, genuine, bursting happiness…. This book is meant to channel the ethos of my father by sharing the greatest gifts that he imparted to me. Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be.”

Now 37, a wife and a mother and well as an actress and foodie, Gwyneth says, “I feel I really know who I am.”

“I’ve been an actress for such a long time. It’s been so fulfilling and so amazing. But I took a lot of time off to have children and I really discovered another side to myself. It was a very important time for me and I feel like it really rounded me out as a human being. I think it’s so important to mix things up and see things from a different perspective.”

Will you be picking up Gwyneth’s cookbook?

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Mel Gibson Being Investigated For Domestic Violence

Los Angeles police released a statement Thursday announcing they had launched a domestic violence investigation against actor Mel Gibson, who we last reported admitted to hitting his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on a shocking audio tape that was leaked to the press.

Oksana, who has an 8-month-old daughter Lucia, with Mel, filed a complaint against him last Monday, July 5. Oksana also filed a restraining order against the actor on June 25. Mel’s friends deny that he ever hit her, instead telling People that he was trying to stop Oksana from shaking Lucia like a “ragdoll.”

Others close to Mel say this allegation is not a surprise; porn star Violet Kowal who claims to have slept with Mel eight times while Oksana was pregnant has told her story to InTouch magazine, and also accusing Mel of threatening her. “His threats scared me so badly,” Violet says, “I left town and went into hiding for almost a month.” Mel’s attorney calls Violet’s story an “absurd fabrication.”

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Camila Alves & Her Movie-Going Munchkin

Who’s that handsome tot? Two-year-old Levi McConaughey showed off his new look as he headed into a movie theater with his model mama Camila Alves in Malibu, California yesterday (July 9). Little Levi looks equally adorable without his signature long locks!

Best wishes to Levi, who celebrated his 2nd birthday earlier this week! The adventurous toddler is big brother to 6-month-old sister Vida.

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    Ethan Hawke’s Big Apple Brood

    Ethan Hawke was pictured out with his family – including wife Ryan Shawhughes and children Clementine, 2 later this month, Maya, 12, and Levon, 8 – in New York City on Friday (July 9).

    Maya and Levon’s mother is Ethan’s ex-wife, Uma Thurman. Ryan is the former nanny to his and Thurman’s children during their marriage.

    Watch for Ethan’s upcoming flick, Tonight at Noon, set to hit theaters later this year.

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    Happy 5th Birthday Ava Eliot Jackman!

    Name: Ava Eliot Jackman

    Date of Birth: July 10, 2005

    Parents: Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness

    Siblings: Oscar Maximillian (05/15/00)

    Facts:
    – She loves to ride her scooter and has been spotted scooting all over New York City with daddy Hugh
    – Ava and big brother Oscar are both adopted
    – Hugh once joked about how much his daughter enjoys the constant camera attention: “Oscar’s always like, ‘Oh, the paparazzi, I hate the paparazzi. And my daughter is like, ‘Paparazzi!’ [Strikes a pose] She loves it!”

    Quotes:
    “My daughter says she wants to be a rock star and I can see her doing that. She’s only four but when she was three, I would go through the radio stations and you hit heavy metal and she’s like, ‘YEA!’ She’ll be a mosh-pit girl.” – Hugh, on his daughter’s future aspirations.

    “When we went first to talk to someone in Los Angeles about adoption, I remember, they said, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘Well, healthy would be good.’ And they said, ‘Well, what about the race?’ We’d ticked mixed race. And he said, ‘Now, listen. Please don’t, please don’t just tick that because you think it’s the right thing to tick.’ And he said to me, that we turn away children every month who are mixed race, because we can’t find families for them.” – Hugh, on why it was a “no-brainer” for he and his wife to adopt children in need.

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    John C. McGinley Welcomes Daughter: Kate Aleena!

    It’s another girl for Scrubs star John C. McGinley and his wife Nichole!

    The happy couple welcomed daughter Kate Aleena McGinley on Thursday, June 24 at 5:57 p.m. in Los Angeles, his rep confirms with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

    Kate weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz. and was 19 inches in length. She joins big sister Billie Grace, 2, as well as brother Max, 12, from McGinley’s previous marriage.

    Congratulations to the McGinley family!

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