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Terry Morrow: Dolly Parton hooks up with Queen Latifah for royal duet

Even before filming begins on their musical-comedy "Joyful Noise," Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah -- an unlikely musical pairing if there ever was one -- got together in the recording studio recently.

"We were in (Los Angeles) doing some pre-records and had a good time," Parton said. "Oh, I am going to love working with her. I just love her. We are going to be very compatible personalities. We'll have tons of fun.

"We sounded great together, We were very happy. Our voices blended so well together. We're doing one duet together with the choir (featured in the film). I got to write four songs for the movie. The duet is a song I wrote."

Parton couldn't reveal much more about her musical contributions to the film, set for theaters near the end of January, 2012. "(The studio) doesn't want me to talk much about that right now," she said.

"Joyful Noise" brings Parton, a Sevier County native, back to the big screen after nearly 20 years. The comedy will focus on a widow who wants to take over her late husband's show choir but butts heads with the new choir mistress, a role Latifah will play.

"Joyful Noise" will begin production at the end of January, 2011, in Atlanta.

Source: Knoxville.com