The Eels Bring Out Journey’s Steve Perry for His First Live Performance in Two Decades

The Man Whose Pipes Gave Us “Don’t Stop Believing” somehow turned up during the encore of an Eels concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, over the weekend. It was Steve Perry’s first time singing live in 19 years, and it was a spectacle both beautiful and unexpected. The mini set began with a rendition of the Eels’ 2000 gem “It’s a Motherfucker,” followed by “Open Arms” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.”

Rumor alert: Quentin Tarantino might start production on The Hateful Eight in November. (He did seem pretty positive about the film at Cannes.)

Alfonso Cuarón will not be directing J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: “I have a lot of love for that universe and I tremendously admire J.K. Rowling, but today, for the present, projects based around lots of visual effects don’t attract me. I’m coming out of a five-year process of doing visual effects and now I sort of want to clean my palate of that a little bit.” Thanks a lot, Gravity.

Netflix is in talks for … a Wet Hot American Summer TV series?

Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg get stoned up and Throned up. It’s as awesome as you’d imagine.

Marvel shakeups: Edgar Wright’s no longer directing Ant-Man, supposedly over a weak script, and Steven S. DeKnight — a producer from Smallville, Angel, Dollhouse, and Spartacus — is the new showrunner for Netflix’s Daredevil. He’ll replace Drew Goddard.

Bill Murray crashes a bachelor party with a great speech.

Queen’s going to release some new Freddie Mercury songs. “It’s a compilation but it will have this new material on which nobody in the world has ever heard and I think people will really enjoy it,” Brian May says. “It’s the big, big epic sound.”

Oh, and while Mad Men‘s seventh season still has you all in that 2001: A Space Odyssey headspace, here’s H. Jon Benjamin as HAL.

Wiz Khalifa got weedbusted in Tejas.

Pete Holmes’s show got canceled.I just want to let everyone know that while the news isn’t what I was hoping for, my main takeaway from this entire wonderful experience is extreme gratitude.”

The Shawshank Redemption played for 151 hours on basic cable last year. It really is always on.

And Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards‘s Linda Vasquez) has joined Sleepy Hollow for a big Season 2 role.

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Zach Dionne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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