Let’s Get Lost…Again

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Every last Lost fan knows that there’s only a week left until the premiere of Season 4 (Thursday, January 31st at 9/8c to be exact). Since the number 6 seems to be embedded in several of the show’s current promos and will likely be a resonant symbol this time around, here are six Lost news updates to let you know what’s happened since bearded-Jack cried “We have to go back” to Kate on last season’s mind-blowing finale. If you want to stay spoiler-free, don’t freak – all the reveals ahead are minimal. Come back each Friday: We’re posting a recap every week.

• The plan for a 16-episode season has been cut in half due to the ongoing WGA strike. Eight episodes are in the can and, according to producers, the ending will provide just a mild cliff-hanger since they hadn’t anticipated the strike when producing the first batch.

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Mayer Deletes His Blog! Why John, Why?

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johnmayerblog.jpgWe love John Mayer‘s blog (okay and maybe his first album, too) and were truly saddened to discover that Mr. Mayer had a little freak out and deleted his entire web-wonderland. No more comedy videos, self-aware posts about his own douche-baggery, or rants defending Jessica Simpson against the people of Texas. No more Mayer being Mayer. The singer-songwriter broke up with us in one single post, declaring in large font: “Done & Dusted & Self-Conscious & Back to Work.” Underneath, he blogged, “There is danger in theoretical speculation of battle, in prejudice, in false reasoning, in pride, in braggadocio. There is one safe resource, the return to nature…”

Okay we get it, he’s being all thoughtful and is now returning to his nature, the guitar. We’re not totally dumb (though we don’t get his link to that vortex message board post), but we are totally disappointed. RIP sassy John Mayer blog.

Sundance Stories: The Allure of the Gift Lounge

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paris1.jpgPart of the annual Sundance Festival’s allure are the gifting lounges, spread out all over town, which offer celebrities the chance to pick up high-end products for free. Celebrities are just born lucky, we guess. Gauging from what they wind up holding onto, you can tell what’s going to be hot (as Paris Hilton might say) for the coming year. Some of the hottest lounges this year included the ones from Boost Mobile, Fred Segal and The Hollywood Life House. Who showed up? Well, Paris Hilton, for one. (That’s Paris to the left, displaying her brand new icepod, which, in case you can’t guess, is jewelry for your iPod. It’s made out of real diamonds. Like we said, celebrities are born lucky. And some of them are heiresses.) After the jump, we break down some of the swag celebrities got their hands on.

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Winehouse Rehabs for Real

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winehouse.jpgGo Amy go Amy go! The crack-pipe toting singer has checked herself into rehab again, and hopefully this time things will click. Her record label released the following statement today: “Amy decided to enter the facility today after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors. She has come to understand that she requires specialist treatment to continue her ongoing recovery from drug addiction.”

Good for her. [Us]

Rock of Love: Rockstar Moments

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Bret Michaels is no stranger to strange experiences, as any fan of Rock of Love and/or Poison can attest. The glam-metal maniac is a notorious womanizer, a pastime which seems to work for him on Rock of Love 2. In the clip above, Bret’s potential paramour Angelique (who’s from France, and whose accent is, uh, rather pronounced), strips for him in private, and licks chocolate off her breasts with her tongue. Somehow, through the magic of editing, we’ve made this clip relatively safe for work. So you can watch it now. Have fun. Below, after the jump, Jackie demonstrates her pole-dancing skills. Is it hottt? You tell us.

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Shut Up, Perfect Jessica Alba

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jessicaalba.jpgMove over Britney SpearsJessica Alba is quickly becoming the most loathsome celeb in Hollywood. It’s not her good looks or charmed life that kill us inside; we can even handle the fact that our cat is a better actress than Alba is. But when she opens her big, beautiful mouth and starts talking, our blood boils and our skin crawls. She’s just so effing clueless about how lucky she is, and it comes across painfully in the stupid things she says. Take for example, her feelings about breastfeeding: “[It] is the only thing I’m paranoid about,” she says. “More than giving birth.”

Really? It’s a boob sagging thing, we’re sure. But Jess should be fine, because she’s not pigging out on ice cream during her pregnancy. Nope, the starlet is watching her waistline, even though it’s supposed to be getting bigger (because, you know, she’s pregnant). “I try to eat as healthy as possible [and] exercise,” Jess continues. “As long as I don’t gain too much, too fast, that’s the key.” Ugh.Excuse us while we go stuff our not-pregnant selves with Doritos and cry. [Us]

How Hollywood Stays Connected

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There’s lots of drama in the office of David Newman, cool-ass film agent and dude who lunches simply to be seen. His assistant is quitting to work for his competitor, his clients are falling for the wrong partners, and his pals break up via text-message. Worst of all? He’s got the big-time hots for the agent who prowls the penthouse office.

Want to find out what we’re talking about? For the next six days we’re recapping our “Connected” series, one Webisode at a time. Here’s where you can find out more about the series, here are 10 Things You Should Know going in, and here’s episode 2: “Ruthless Love.”

Heath Was Dating Mary-Kate Before Death

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mko_heath.jpgWell, it took a death to get this little interesting bit of gossip out: Heath Ledger was reportedly dating Mary-Kate Olsen before he passed away earlier this week. Her name has been in the mix since Heath passed, first in reports that he was staying at her sister’s apartment when he died. Here’s the real scoop: the masseuse, Diane Lee Wolozin, who first discovered Heath unconscious, placed a call to mutual friend MKO to ask for help, who in turn rang her private security peeps in New York. Wolozin later called back to inform the twin that things looked serious and she was calling 911.Mary-Kate was apparently dating the actor, even though he had been recently linked to Aussie model Gemma Ward.

On the drug front, Heath’s apartment turned up nothing illegal or suspicious, contrary to earlier reports. The rolled up twenty-dollar bill that was discovered tested negative for drug residue, and all that turned up were pills for insomnia, anxiety and pain. Now that the rumors appear to be busted, perhaps it’s time to end the speculation for a while (at least until his autopsy reports come back in a couple weeks) and give the guy – and his grieving family and friends – a little peace and quiet.

Sundance Stories: Cheezy From I Love New York 2 Spends the Night With Paris and Perez

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cheezy.jpgAs you may have noticed, the Sundance Film Festival is ongoing right now — the annual Park City celebrity meeting ground, where films are bought, sold, distributed and traded. We’re checking in with a variety of actors to see how they’re spending their time. Today’s dispatch is from Cheezy, one of the contestants on I Love New York 2. He’s the happy-go-lucky sort, and spent his time in Utah networking. He also kissed Perez Hilton. Read on.

VH1: Have you been to Sundance before?
Cheezy:
I’ve been twice. I worked in the film industry before I Love New York 2. I was in film distribution, so I used to go out there, watch movies, decide what was good for DVD and hand out business cards. This year, though, I just wanted to go for myself, to network, for fun. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I can now get into a lot more parties than I used to! [Laughs]

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Adam Sandler: Leave Tom Cruise Alone!

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adam_sandlerFunnyman Adam Sandler wants everyone to back off Tom Cruise. After a couple of videos leaked last week depicting Cruise wild-eyed, hysterical and proselytizing the merits of Scientology, Cruise has come under further attack, with “actor” Jerry O’Connell making videos in his free time (which we’re imagining is plentiful) and Cruise being used as a cultural punchline. But Adam Sandler, who’s not exactly known for his cultural sensitivity, is asking everyone to cut it out. “To see anyone’s private life invaded and mocked like this is sickening,” Adam Sandler told People. “It’s especially gross when it happens to a guy like Cruise, who’s a great dad, a great husband, and a great friend.”

While we applaud Sandler’s altruism, and agree that celebrities are people too, we’d like to point out that Tom Cruise is insane, and Sandler’s been responsible for a few mocking portrayals in his time. Below, we’ve come up with a list of folks who could have used some of Sandler’s compassion before he decided to mock them:

Civil Unions
The Mentally Disabled
Vampires
Kids with Trust Funds
Rob Schneider
Golfers
Wedding Singers