18. Silicone Valley

I’m on an airplane right now. Can you tell? Spiderman XXVII is playing on the communal video screen and looks like it is being projected through 5 pairs of pantyhose. Many people around me are watching it while simultaneously glancing down at other movies playing on their “entertainment devices”. They were passed out an hour […]

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17. The Lie Heard Round The World

Sorry about the black cloud a few days ago. My fever has faded and I’m better now.  At least now I can read email attachments. Apparently I’m to fly to LA where there will be several screenings of Delirious and a press day with me, Gina Gershon and Alison Lohman. Buscemi won’t be joining us […]

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16. Madness

A few days ago I was called into a development meeting at Gestation with Arnold and George, the executive in charge of distribution. The long and short of it was this; they were cutting the advertising campaign from $350,000 to $675.84. To assuage my fears that this might have some effect on the way the […]

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15. Black Day at Blog Rock

Got the first week’s numbers in from France. Not a blockbuster but the film did very well for itself. Delirious was number 4 behind Live Free and Die With a Hardon, Spiders of the Caribbean and Wee Wee, a French movie about a dog who wins a prize for making the best cheese.   This news […]

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14. Someone’s Underwear

Just before returning to NY I flew from Paris to Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic where Delirious was presented as the Opening Night film. At the Opening Night ceremony a long line of limousines dropped guests off in front of the theatre. Hundreds of townspeople watched and applauded as a pair of male and female […]

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13. French Tickler

  After San Francisco I went to France in the middle of June to promote Delirious for the French release. It was set to open July 4th on about 70 screens; 11 just in Paris alone. It was a big deal. Just to put things in comparison, our entire upcoming NY release will be on […]

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12. Disco in Frisco

  Got some good news after returning from Istanbul. Gestation has formed its own distribution company and will make Delirious its first theatrical release. What excites me most about this is that the film will now be distributed by the same company that financed it. They know me. They know the film. They have as […]

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11. Turkish taffee

Woke up hungry and hungover. The Festival had planned a boat trip up the Bosphorus. I almost opted not to go when I remembered they were serving lunch. The boat was crowded and the river was unexpectedly rough leaving me gripping the railing for 2 hours and not too inclined to eat. Met a festival […]

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10. Staggering into Istanbul

  After Sundance I came back to NY and fell in a hole for about a month. I crawled out of it; I always do–though this one went a little deeper than I’d expected. I called Buscemi just to see how he was doing and to my astonishment he said he too had fallen down […]

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9. Sundance and the Kondom King

  I came back from San Sebastian in October and immediately began preparing for Sundance. It’s funny; when I was first invited to Sundance in 1990 with Johnny Suede my reaction was hesitation. At that time Sundance was still considered by some to be the “Granola Festival” because of its affection for films about farmers, harvests […]

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8. Three At San Sebastian

The best news about San Sebastian was that Steve Buscemi and his wife Jo Andres were coming. Steve had only seen a rough cut of the film and I wanted him to have the experience of sitting in that theater and watching the film in front of 2000 people. The main screening was like something […]

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7. The Fest fest

  The next most important festival for us was Toronto, the biggest festival in North America. It screens thousands of films and it is a huge market for films seeking US distribution. The encouraging fact was that, unlike Cannes, Toronto had accepted every one of my films. I was confident they would take Delirious simply […]

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6. Cutting Room Blues

  Shooting ended Dec. 15, 2005. I took a week off to recover then the holidays hit so my first real day in the editing room wasn’t until after New Year’s. I was working with a new editor, Paul Zucker. He was fast, smart and was a whiz with the Avid editing software. He could […]

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5. 25 Days

  25 days. That’s how long I was on the set directing Delirious. Out of 6 years; 25 days. I’ve often wondered what was my job all the other days–the days before and all the days since. Bill collector, delivery man, inmate, prison warden, shrink, priest, pimp, dope pusher, dog catcher, coffee getter, freaker outer. […]

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4. The Green light

  Oh, I forgot to mention; one of the reasons the financiers agreed to my cast was that I cut 2 million dollars out of the budget. For all you aspiring director/producer types out there let me clue you in to something. There is only one way to do this; cut shooting days. How do […]

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3. Casting K’harma

  Here’s to K’harma; sad and blue, I sold my soul in casting you.  That poem’s not true. But, it’s almost true. Since I had now “tricked” the investors into letting me cast two complete unknowns for my male leads they demanded that the part of K’harma be given to a real Star. First we tried […]

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2. The Fame Game

  The paparazzi idea was one of two that motivated the script. The other was the ferocious addiction to fame and celebrity gripping the world today. People not only want to devour the stars, they want to be stars themselves. Why? What is it about being famous that is so enticing to people? One theory […]

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1. Delirious: the first blog

  And so, the first sentence; probably typed by 2 million people by now: “This is the first blog I’ve ever written.” The concept is still a little strange to me. I mean, what is a blog? Take away the g and all you’ve got is blah, blah, blah.   But hey–here goes. I’m Tom […]

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