News briefs: FX gets Museum 2, Piranha and 24 casting

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

FX has picked up the basic cable rights to the Memorial Day weekend box-office champ Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Variety reported; the deal calls for the film to become available to FX in November 2011.
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Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr has signed on to co-star in Dimension's Piranha 3D, joining Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer and Richard Dreyfuss in the Alexandre Aja-helmed horror remake, Variety reported.
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Fangoria Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Screening Services Group and Atari are sponsoring a contest and preview screening to promote the June 16 Blu-ray release of Ghostbusters and the debut of a new Ghostbusters video game.
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Jennifer Westfeldt and John Boyd have joined the cast of Fox's 24 for the eighth season, to be set in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) will play Meredith Reed, an ambitious journalist with ties to Arman Hashemi (Anil Kapoor), a Middle East leader, while Boyd will play CTU systems analyst Jonah Schwartz.
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The first two seasons of ABC's Lost arrive in Blu-ray collector's editions on June 16, with episodes digitally remastered with a 1080p high-definition picture and 5.1 uncompressed sound.
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Guillermo del Toro will fly from New Zealand, where he is currently in preproduction on the Hobbit movies, to Los Angeles, where he will make an appearance at a midnight signing of his and Chuck Hogan's new vampire novel The Strain at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood on June 2.