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Cory Monteith's 'McCanick' finds a distributor in Toronto

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McCanick, Cory Monteith’s final film before his death in July, has found a distributor after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday. Well Go USA acquired all U.S. distribution rights and plans to release the film theatrically in early 2014.

Monteith stars as Simon Weeks, a drug-addicted young criminal whose release from prison leads to violence and paranoia as narcotics detective Eugene “Mack” McCanick (David Morse) races to piece together Weeks’ story.

The police drama also stars Ciaran Hinds and Mike Vogel. Check out the trailer below:
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Cory Monteith gets tangled in sex, lies, and videotape in 'All the Wrong Reasons' -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

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When Cory Monteith tragically passed away in July, the 31-year-old actor had completed work on two films, both of which are premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next week. In McCanick, Monteith plays a felon on the run from David Morse’s cop, and in All the Wrong Reasons, he plays the square regional manager of a department store whose marriage is going through some turmoil. His wife (Karine Vanasse), who works the surveillance cameras at the store, is still traumatized by her sister’s suicide and is struggling with intimacy issues… causing Monteith’s character to take a greater interest in one of his cashiers, a pretty single-mom (Emily Hampshire). When that interest blossoms into something more, you can only hope the couple has the self-control and good judgment to keep their illicit romance hidden from the store’s eye-in-the-sky. You can only hope. As the wife says in the exclusive trailer below, “the whole human experience unfolds daily” on these store cameras. READ FULL STORY

Cory Monteith's 'McCanick' to premiere at Toronto Film Fest -- PHOTO

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One of Cory Monteith’s last two movies, McCanick, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 9, the festival announced today.

Director Josh C. Waller previously told EW, “The character he plays is this drug-addicted street hustler, and he was wanting to tap into things from his youth — which he’s been very open about publicly. I think he saw the role as an opportunity for catharsis.”

The plot centers on narcotics detective Eugene “Mack” McCanick (David Morse, 16 Blocks,The Green Mile) who discovers a seemingly harmless young criminal, Simon Weeks (Monteith) has been released from prison. This triggers “a firestorm of paranoia and violence. Unbeknownst to the chief of police (Ciaran Hinds, There Will Be Blood), Mack and his partner, Floyd (Mike Vogel, Under the Dome,) mercilessly hunt down Weeks for unknown reasons over the course of one long, hot day. The closer Mack gets to his prey, the more we understand that his frenzy stems from a truth from the past, which only Weeks can expose.”

In addition to McCanick, Monteith’s other final movie, All the Wrong Reasons, will also premiere at Toronto.

Cory Monteith's 'All the Wrong Reasons' director: 'I'm going to miss that grin'

Gia Milani directed Cory Monteith in All the Wrong Reasons before his untimely death Saturday. Below, she remembers Monteith as an artist and a friend.

In All the Wrong Reasons, Cory plays James Ascher, an ambitious store manager. His character tries to keep his marriage together and remain supportive while his wife struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Of course I knew him well from Glee, but I originally wanted him because of an interview I saw of him on a CBC talk show in Canada. He seemed like the salt of the earth in that interview. Then we spoke on the phone and I knew he was perfect [for the role]; he had all of this knowledge of being a store manager because he worked at Walmart when he was younger. He was excited to be able to play a really complex character, and someone his age, which he hadn’t done in a long time.

Cory saw the film a few weeks ago. He said he loved how layered it was and he thought it was intense. He loved Finn and always talked about how blessed he felt to have been cast in Glee, but like any artist, he wanted to play other roles too. I think he wanted to prove to himself he could do more. And he did prove it. When I last saw him at the screening, he looked super fit, had a lot of energy. I think that’s why this is such a tremendous shock. He seemed to be doing so well.
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