Daybreak Pop: Eyeliner and the Duchess; Twitter love

DUMPING ON THE DUCHESS: Per E!, “Vivienne Westwood vs. Kate Middleton: It's fashion royalty taking on bona fide royalty—and already two black eyes are involved. But they're not the kind of bruisers that you think. The quirky British fashion designer recently called out Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on her heavy use of eyeliner.”{ }

{ }GAGA GUY: Per People, “Just when we thought her meat dress couldn’t be topped, along comes Lady Gaga looking like … well, nobody else we know. In fact this guise, known as Jo Calderone, is a male alter-ego creation of Gaga (and stylist Nicola Formichetti's).

BURN! Per Details, “For more than a decade, Ashton Kutcher has been making friends, fans, and followers as an actor. More recently, he's been championing the new digital tools that are transforming the way we interact. Soon he'll be filling some sizable shoes as the new star of Two and a Half Men. But every day, he's tackling something even bigger: blowing up the stereotype of the tech nerd forever.”

TWITTER LOVE: Per Life&Style, “Jennifer Love Hewitt hasn't been shy about her feelings for Ashley Hebert reject Ben Flajnik. "OMG! Ben F [accept] my final rose!!!" she excitedly tweeted on Aug. 2, a day after Ashley dumped Ben for JP Rosenbaum. "Gotta book a flight to Sonoma!!!" She wasn't joking. Life & Style can reveal that the actress flew to San Francisco on Aug. 6 for a sexy date with the 28-year-old winemaker.”{ }

{ }I DON’T WANT TO BE: Per the AP, “Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw is still hospitalized after being attacked by a group of men on a city street in New York. A statement released Tuesday on his behalf said the 34-year-old entertainer has a concussion, a broken nose, black eyes, cuts and bruises.”

PIPPA MANIA: Per the L.A. Times, “Pippa Middleton captured worldwide attention as her sister Kate Middleton's maid of honor in April -- and while she didn't tack on a royal title at the time, she's easily become one of the world's most eligible bachelorettes. Now TLC is giving Pippa the hourlong treatment with its in-depth "Crazy for Pippa" special tonight at 9. The Ministry has an exclusive clip from the show, highlighting one of Pippa's best assets.

DE-FANGED: Per Rolling Stone, “The cancellation of the inaugural Music to Know festival – originally scheduled for this weekend in East Hampton, New York – has left Vampire Weekend fans without any opportunities to see the band perform in the U.S. this year. "Despite our unique vision and arranging a world-class line-up, ticket sales were not adequate to allow the event to continue," said a message posted on the festival's website.”

SMURFS IN WAITING: Per Entertainment Weekly, “With more than $135 million already in the bank, Sony is working on a sequel to The Smurfs. The studio isn’t wasting any time, announcing today that Smurfs 2 will be released on Aug. 2, 2013.”

POLITICO BLINK: Piers Morgan apologized to Paul McCartney -- who said last week that his phone has been hacked -- for introducing the Beatle to Heather Mills. The CNN host, appearing on “Conan” Monday, was asked about Mills’s allegations last week that connected Morgan to the alleged hacking of her phone as well as McCartney’s claim that he too had been hacked. “Paul McCartney is apparently now claiming someone hacked his phone, police have told him. I suspect it was Heather Mills,” Morgan said.

GET OUT! Per FOX 411, “Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan reveals intimate details about Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s split in his new book, “Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon,” the Daily Mail reports. The revelations include a humiliated Aniston tossing Pitt out on his ear after learning of his betrayal with Angelina Jolie.”

BLACK BEGONIAS: On this day in 1995, Deadheads everywhere absorbed what felt like a vicious punch to the gut, followed by general numbness. In memory of Mr. Jerome Garcia, here’s a great “Ripple.”{ }

--Skip Wood