*An unlikely pair have come together for the gospel musical comedy “Joyful Noise.”
In the film, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton play Vi Rose Hill and G.G. Sparrow who are feuding with each other before they are forced to team up for a music project.
The Warner Bros. project also features Keke Palmer in a romantic relationship with a character played by Jeremy Jordan. Palmer and Jordan play Hill’s daughter and Sparrow’s grandson who helps the gospel choir.
“Joyful Noise” also stars Courtney b. Vance, Teairra Monroe, Dexter Darden, Kris Kristofferson, Jesse L. Martin, and Judd Lormand. It’s set to be released in January, 2012.
*Keke Palmer is all grow’d up now at the grand old age of 18. And unlike others her age, she’s got a well-established career under her belt. With her new found age of responsibility, Palmer’s ready to take the reigns and make her own decisions.
“When I first started out, everything was so fresh and so new and so fun, and I didn’t really pay attention to the business side of things, but as you get older, you start to notice things that you hadn’t really thought of before,” said KeKe, who mentioned “producing” as one of those things she’s recently become interested in. “It was hard at first. I was almost uncomfortable having so much power. It was hard to let myself have an opinion on things,” she told The Huffington Post. “Being a producer gives your opinion a little bit more weight.”
She just wrapped up her first production project with Nick Cannon called “Ragz.”
Producing is definitely something she wants to do more of, but music and acting is always something she’ll keep in mind.
In the meantime, while she continues to learn the ins and outs of her new venture, she’s got a few things lined up with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in upcoming film “Joyful Noise,” which will be released in January.
*Despite earlier reports and rumors, unfortunately, Queen Latifah will not be on the next season of “Dancing With the Stars.” But Christina Milian, Robert Kardashian, Snooki and Mike Tyson might be.
Now where did all this talk of the former rapper appearing on the show come from? TMZ reported Friday she would be on the show, however her reps denied all claims and insisted there was never any conversation about her dancing.
*Could it be true … Queen Latifah talking about settling down and having kids?
Well yes. The rapper/singer/actress and make-up spokeswoman shared in Parade magazine that she is about ready to slow things down within the next ten years she says and make a little family of her own.
As to whom she would have these children with is unknown at this point and if she would be the one to carry them is another matter.
Latifah, whose personal life is kept mighty private, has not divulged whether or not she is currently in a relationship with long time trainer, Janette Jenkins. The two were seen cuddling most recently on a yacht with the pregnant Alicia Keys and hubby Swizz Beatz. However, until the Queen confirms or denies any notions about the pair, all is but speculation.
In other Latifah news, she is also working her entrepreneurial spirit and is working on a new line of vitamin water with New York Spring Water. She is also producing a new VH1 series “Single Ladies.” And on Jan. 12, catch her on CBS hosting the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards.
*Like all strange pairings, there is a purpose for Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton’s hook up. The two will co-star in an upcoming studio production “Joyful Noise,” a gospel film to be released by Alcon Entertainment.
While Latifa’s acting career has been on fire lately, with her recent role in “Just Wright,” she is set to play the part of a mother of two and new choir directress after the former director dies. Parton on the other hand will play the choir’s widow who wants to take the previous role of her dead husband as directress.
The film will center its story on an unlikely partnership between these two female characters who are forced to work together to save a small town gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down.
Todd Graff, who previously worked on “Bandslam” is on board to serve as both helmer and scribe for “Joyful Noise.”