Well, ok, Dolly was in a couple episodes of Hannah Montana, and she’s done a couple of other TV shows, but it’s been a hell of a long time since she did an actual movie, or at least since she’s done anything on the level of Steel Magnolias. But that’s all about to change, because Dolly is set to star alongside Queen Latifah in a new movie called Joyful Noise. Yes and yes.
Here’s the synopsis:
“[Joyful Noise] centers on an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down. Latifah will play a no-nonsense mother put in charge of the choir after the untimely death of the choir director. Her character’s faced with the challenges of raising two teens while her husband is away in the military and getting the choir ready for a national competition if she hopes to keep the program afloat. Parton will play the widow of the choir director who had assumed she would take her late husband’s position of leading the choir.”
All right, I’m going to take a moment to explain my unreasonable excitement. I’m from Tennessee, and the way I see it, there are two kinds of people from Tennessee (well, there are a lot of kinds of people from Tennessee, but stay with me): Elvis people and Dolly Parton people. Being from the end of the state opposite from Graceland, I fall strongly in Dolly Parton’s camp. I can’t remember a holiday when I haven’t watched A Smoky Mountain Christmas, and I couldn’t even begin to count the number of trips I’ve made to Dollywood. Dolly just has this special, sincere quality about her, and there’s something about her that feels like home.
Production starts in January, so the movie is a while away, but I’m going to start getting psyched now. Is anyone with me?
August 23, 2010 at 11:00 am by Emily
At the White House Correspondents’ dinner last night, Jessica Simpson revealed her one true wish: to be Michelle Obama.
“I really do [want to be Michelle Obama]. She’s such an incredible woman, and she’s with such a powerful man. Everything she does she exudes confidence. I’m really just here to celebrate her.”
Shoot for the moon, Jess. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
On the topic of stars, the Correspondents’ dinner was full of them. Guests included Justin Bieber (who, in my opinion, is the songbird of this generation), Jessica Alba, the Jonas Brothers, Dennis Quaid, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Gabourey Sidibe, Queen Latifah, and a good few more. Check out the gallery to see such things as Justin Bieber and Marlon Wayans flashing gang signs and Gabourey Sidibe being in desperate need of a new stylist (and before you guys hate on me, I’m not saying anything about her being a big girl, I’m just saying that there are ways to flatter every body type, and homegirl needs to work that out).
May 2, 2010 at 10:33 am by Emily
I happen to adore Elizabeth Banks’ elegant grey dress (above). It should be noted, however, that the opinions expressed in this article and the two previous ones are not necessarily the opinions of Evilbeet.com. Sasha’s take on the gown? “Love Eilzabeth Banks. Haaaate her dress.”
Nicole Richie wore a beaded snuggie that showed off her back tatoos and Jennifer Lopez showed up wrapped in a mattress pad. I wonder if she and Amanda Seyfried had it out backstage; they’re pretty much wearing mirror images of the same roll of two-ply toilet paper.
Sarah Jessica Parker was there, but as usual, I can’t figure out whether she looks gorgeous and glamorous, or like a fashion victim with a hangover.
Also in this group: Tina Fey, Stana Katic, Queen Latifah, Monique, Molly Ringwald, Mariska Hargitay, Jane Seymour, and Super Classy Bitch Helen Mirren.
March 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm by Kelly
“I want to just go down there and get some of those babies. If you got a hook up, please get me a couple of Haitian kids. It’s time. I’m ready. I got two arms, I can handle at least two. I can take a third in a backpack, and one in the front, we could just wrap it in some swaddling cloth… give me four.”
–Queen Latifah, discussing her plans to adopt Haitian children.
January 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm by Kelly
After years of struggling with her body image issues, Queen Latifah has come to a place of acceptance regarding her curves. As she tells it, a chance encounter with a driver changed her perspective:
I was in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. I was at the airport and the limo driver told me about his 12-year-old daughter, who wanted to be a singer and had a beautiful voice. However, her classmates were teasing her about her body and telling her she was never going to make it.
She saw me perform on TV and I inspired her to sing again. She saw me and my appearance and my success and the great job I did. This was a 12-year-old kid whose dream had been halted by negative comments, but she saw me deliver a knock-out performance and it made her believe she could become successful too.
Well, Queen, it’s awesome that you’ve found a way to accept yourself. But it prompts me to ask: Why do you hawk weight-loss products?
June 26, 2009 at 9:02 am by Wendie
Queen Latifah had a birthday bash this past weekend at SIR Studios in Hollywood. Attendees included Kim Kardashian, Lil’ Kim and Vivica Fox-all of whom brought their twins, or you know, massive chests. Let’s hope Queen’s friends gave her money as a gift; it sounds like she’s going to need it.
Latifah’s cosmetologist and stylist are both suing her for unpaid salary for work they did for the Cover Girl campaign as well as Queen’s own Curvations intimate apparel line. The lawsuits total $1M.
And if that’s not enough to properly ding Queen’s wallet, how long will it be until Jenny Craig sues her for breach of contract? Because I’m still trying to see where she has used their products to help her get to a “healthy weight.”
Oh, and when you see the picture of Patricia Field in the gallery, focus on the fact that she was the stylist for Sex And The City. Just, wow.