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DVD show heads to Kauai for 'Tropic Thunder' piece

By Mike Gordon

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Dave Holmes has always found it difficult to watch the same movie more than once, which sounds odd given that he's co-host of a TV show about movies.

But whenever viewers tune in the FX series "DVD on TV," they see Holmes in his element.

He's long been a fan of the bonus material that comes with DVDs — the deleted scenes, the alternate endings, the interviews with actors and filmmakers — so the cable show is a perfect fit. It allows Holmes, along with co-host Jennifer Lothrop, to give viewers fresh insight into movies they've probably already seen.

Holmes and Lothrop will be on Kauai this week to shoot material for their discussion of "Tropic Thunder," the $92 million film that shot on the Garden Isle in 2007. The film, which stars Ben Stiller, was a hit with Holmes.

"I really liked it a lot," he said. "I typically don't go for the huge, loud comedy thing, but it was a very clever movie. It's a fun movie within a movie."

"DVD on TV" was just renewed for its eighth season. Holmes and Lothrop have been with the show since the beginning.

The 40-year-old Holmes got his start when he was the runner-up in MTV's "I Wanna Be a VJ" contest in 1998. He went on to host shows on the music network as well as VH1, Court TV, CBS and Bravo. He's also acted, appearing on "Reno 911!" and "Self Storage."

"I do a lot of different things, and I never know what to call myself," he said. "I write. I do stand-up. I do sketch comedy. I'm writing a book. And it's pilot season so I'm auditioning up a storm."

His 36-year-old co-host is a part-time model who acts and designs a line of lingerie, Dizzy Daizy. She's pretty enough to be intimidating, but Holmes says that's not the case.

"She's hilarious," Holmes said. "It's crazy for somebody who looks like that to be so nice and cool and funny."

When it first started, "DVD on TV" posed its hosts in front of a studio green screen so the film's location material could be added later. Two seasons ago they started traveling to locations — a welcome change from working indoors until 2 a.m., Holmes said.

"It isn't fun to have to react to something that is not there," he said. "And the machine kept breaking down. I would much rather be on a beach in Hawaii."

The episode will air March 21.

WHETHER IT'S a movie or a television show, just because a director aims a camera at you doesn't mean you're going to get screen time. Doesn't matter how pretty you are, scenes are cut all the time.

It happens every week on "Hawaii Five-0," where the director has to trim all the footage down to about 43 minutes to accommodate commercials and titles and such.

If you watched the Feb. 14 episode, "Powa Maka Moana," you saw Danno and McGarrett pushing a stalled 1974 Mercury Marquis along Tantalus. They argue about whether the old car is classic or junk, with Danno (Scott Caan) making a case for replacing old, broken things.

What got cut was a second scene with the stalled Mercury and the arrival of a beautiful woman in a vintage Corvette played by former Miss Hawaii Nicole Fox. In press material her character was listed as "Island Hottie" and she knows a thing or two about old cars. Her father had a Mercury just like McGarrett's. It's a classic car, she says, reaching under the hood to fiddle with something and getting the big black car to start right away.

An old car, even a classic, can be temperamental. McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) wants to thank her somehow, and she gives him her number.

A cute scene but apparently not cute enough.

AND that's a wrap.

Mike Gordon is the Star-Advertiser's film and television writer. His "Outtakes" column appears Sundays. E-mail him at mgordon@staradvertiser.com.






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