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Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton merge talents

January 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton merge their considerable talents with a cast of young stars in the new music-filled film "Joyful Noise."

Queen Latifah plays a choir director, while Parton plays an opinionated member of the choir.

"I just think it was magical how they did the music and the fact that we got to sing all those great songs that everybody loves and knows, but changed them just enough to make them uplifting," Parton said.

"I think everybody whose seen it so far feels the same way, that leg just gets to tapping, and they don't know why. They don't even realize it's happening, but it's moving," Queen Latifah said. "It's just something about the music and the energy of it that just really takes you there.

But their two characters don't always make beautiful music together. In fact, they play two women who completely butt heads about what kind of music their small town choir should be singing in the next national competition.

"I just couldn't wait to hear everything Dolly says in this film. Her character G.G. is a pistol, and it just all sounds so good coming out of her mouth too. You never know what's coming next," Queen Latifah said.

Parton not only brings her unique voice to the film, she also brings her own very definite sense of style. Her character even has a fitted choir robe.

"I can't wear things like robes because my boobs stand out here, and I'm just this tall, so everything just goes straight down, so they have to kind of tailor make or I'd get lost, you wouldn't even see me," Parton said.

"Joyful Noise" is in theaters on Friday.

"Why not start the year off with something that feels good, makes you laugh, makes you cry," Queen Latifah said.