A.M. Surf Report: Blink-182 Live On Onstage; John Mayer Wins Over The Simpsons; 'Idol' Castoff Gets Celebrity Love

Plus Marilyn Manson's co-star gets a new role; web searches predicted Melinda's demise; iTunes gets some competition and more.

The news happens all the time, even while you're catching up on beauty sleep. Check out this brief rundown to bring you up to speed this morning — a quick heads up from your friends at MTV News.

Here's what we've got:

"American Idol" favorite Melinda Doolittle ended her run Wednesday night, after the consistently praised contestant was voted off of the show — and out of the finale. So much for that "Death Cheater" T-shirt. ...

Cee-Lo's Radiculture Records label has a mission: "We are looking forward to encouraging and endorsing the same individualism we revel in," the Green soul machine explained. Cee-Lo celebrated the launch of the label last week in Atlanta, where he revealed the status of the next Gnarls Barkley LP ("It's turning out to be pretty damn good") and said he'll be rapping again with the Goodie Mob reunion. ...

Paris Hilton's sentence has been reduced for "good behavior" — including showing up for court — before she even stepped foot in her cell, an L.A. County sheriff's spokesperson announced Wednesday. The heiress will now serve at least 23 days rather than 45, and will be detained in a "special needs housing unit" away from the general jail population. ...

Quote of the Day: "Imagine '300' set to song. It's crazy." — Munki describes a track from Korn's upcoming album

Here's what everyone else is talking about:

Blink-182 songs will live on through (+44), Mark Hoppus announced in a Wednesday night post on his MySpace blog. "Tonight during our set we played 'What's My Age Again.' You see, Travis and I LOVE our history with Blink-182, and it seems a shame to let those songs sit dormant forever because of what happened two years ago."

First John Mayer won over Jessica, then Ashlee caught the bug, and now even Joe Simpson is in love, People reports. "If Jessica is in love, I love the things she is in love with," Simpson said, noting that Mayer's "got great music" — and giving ex Nick Lachey one last dig. "[Mayer is] a legend already. There is no competition." ...

TMZ.com has an exclusive scoop: Celebrities who meet "Idol" castoff LaKisha Jones tell her she was their favorite contestant. Apparently KiKi was at a swag suite in New York and ran into stars including Lindsay Lohan who were polite and encouraging. ... In other "you don't say!" news, New York Post's "Page Six" reports that Lindsay's male friends don't like her British boyfriend, Calum Best. Plus the couple had an argument — with raised voices — on Monday. ...

Evan Rachel Wood has some new co-stars lined up for a project likely to be far less controversial than the "Heart Shaped Glasses" video. She'll star with Michelle Williams — the actress, not the Destiny's Child singer — and "Spider-Man 3" 's Bryce Dallas Howard in "Bronte," a biopic about authors/sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne, Variety reports. ...

Variety also has news on Robert De Niro and Al Pacino co-starring in the thriller "Righteous Killer," which will start shooting August 6, and Gerard Butler being cast in the futuristic film "Game" — only they call him Gerald. ...

Shocked by Melinda Doolittle's elimination? Yahoo!'s Buzz Log saw it coming ... sure you tell us that now. The search engine tracker says Blake pulled in five times the searches as Mindy, while Jordin had four times the interest. And both singers who made the finale smoked Doolittle when it came to searches by teens. ...

iTunes is getting some serious competition in the download department. Amazon.com announced Wednesday that it is opening its own digital music store that will be free of Digital Rights Management software, meaning customers can copy the tracks to as many devices as they want, as many times as they want. The store is expected to debut later this year with songs from 12,000 as-yet-unnamed small labels as well as major label EMI. ...

And, as usual, pugnacious documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is giving as good as he gets. After the Treasury Department said it was investigating him for making an unauthorized trip to Cuba to film scenes of his new health care documentary, "Sicko," Reuters reports that Moore is launching his own investigation into the U.S. government's probe of his trip.