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JOHN TRAVOLTA TALKS NUTTY FANS: John Travolta is pretty tolerant toward nuttier extremes of fan behavior. He tells Variety: "I've only had two people that actually invaded my house. They were just people that wanted to meet me. I was scared the first time," he admitted of his unexpected guest. "The second time there was such a gentle presence that came to the family dinner that I was just like: ‘Who are you? What are you doing here?' But I've never had a problem with fans."

NBC DEVELOPING TV SPIN-OFF OF SERENDIPITY: Miramax Television is working on a spin-off of the 2001 John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale rom-com Serendipity. The story will follow a couple, Harry and Clare, who fall in love over one night and are separated by circumstances. The series will join a televised spinoff of the 1985 Brat Pack film St. Elmo's Fire.

MICHAEL SHANNON JOINS LAKERS PROJECT: Michael Shannon has been cast as the self-made millionaire and former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss in HBO's The Untitled Showtime Lakers Project pilot, based on the Jeff Pearlman book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

ANDREW KOJI JOINS GI JOE: Andrew Koji has signed on to play special mercenary / ninja commando Storm Shadow in Paramount's GI Joe: Snake Eyes. He joins Henry Golding, who is playing Joe. Robert Schwentke is directing.

‘BLACK PANTHER' SEQUEL RECEIVES A RELEASE DATE: The sequel to Black Panther has officially received a release date. According to Variety, director Ryan Coogler announced at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday (August 24th) that the film is expected to hit theaters on May 6th, 2020. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige revealed that Coogler has delivered a treatment for the follow-up film, with a villain and a new title, but nothing is set in stone just yet. "We're not taking our time, we're really trying to get it right," Coogler said of the production schedule.