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Trailer & Poster For "Joyful Noise" Arrives (Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Music, Duels & More...)

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 23, 2011 7:06 AM
24 Comments
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I'd almost completely forgotten about this flick; In theaters January 13, 2012, Joyful Noise is an upcoming musical dramedy, Joyful Noise, which stars Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, as two dueling choir members of a small-town’s Gospel Choir, who have differing opinions on how to win the national choir competition; sparks fly when Dolly’s grandson proposes big changes to the choir and falls in love with Queen Latifah’s daughter!

Keke Palmer of Akeelah And The Bee fame will play Latifah’s daughter; Jesse L. Martin plays her husband; Courney B. Vance and others, also co-star.

Filming took place in Atlanta, GA, under the direction of Todd Graff from his script for Warner Bros subsidiary, Alcon Entertainment.

It'll be in theaters in January 2012, but no specific day yet.

Here's the film's very first trailer; by the way, if you missed my post on it, I'm chilling with what I'm calling "knee-jerk 2011;" I'm sure you can figure out what I mean by that; if not, ask somebody :) So I've decided to hold off all commentary on new films we post until I actually see them (assuming I do); let's see how long I can keep to that agreement I made with myself. "My name is Tambay Obenson and I've been *clean* for about 24 hours now." But who's with me?


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24 Comments

  • FilmDreams | October 4, 2011 4:54 AMReply

    Alright clearly after reading all Carey had to say, we are on the same page now. Unfortunately after reading through the comments and seeing what Ashley and others had to say, which seem to put down "christian noted films" the only thing that stuck out in your original comment was "teaspoon Christian message" so as a Christian sister as well, I took offense. Meaning I took it the wrong way and for that CareyCarey I apologize.

    You have echoed some of my same thoughts and feelings, especially about being "TIRED". To me, it's put up or shut up!!

    To Ashley, perhaps if you had said non-religious instead of non-church going, I would have not been so urked. However, when people say they don't go to church, I automatically take it as a diss to Christians and it comes off as if going to church is fake/wack/unnecessary. I can't go for that. I get that you are a consumer with limited access. May I suggest you continue to support great blogs like these and when you come across filmmakers that make your desired demo based films, you donate to their production fund. Anyone can do that from anywhere. In turn, ask them for access to their films upon completion.
    Just a suggestion.

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 26, 2011 9:30 AMReply

    I agree with cc "Sister Act 2 + Glee = Joyful Noise." It looks fun. No more. No less. Everything can't (and shouldn't be) super serious. I liked the trailer and the Traidar is strong with this one.

  • CareyCarey | September 25, 2011 7:58 AMReply

    Oh sonofbaldwin,

    If Tambay wasn't watching and I didn't say I was tired, we could have a discussion. *lol*

  • sonofbaldwin | September 25, 2011 7:30 AMReply

    Oooh, a sequel already???

    Why didn't they call this "THE HELP II: Teaching Darkies How to Sing Gospel the Right Way"?

    ; )

  • CareyCarey | September 24, 2011 12:50 PMReply

    @ Tambay, we’re in there... point well taken. :-)

    I know I have a propensity to write long-ass comments that meander off the beaten path. I will also beat an issue to death! Yeah, that’s what do and I have to accept that. But you know what, I’ve always thought there are times... sometimes... in the walk of life... when we meet those who take kindness for weakness, so consequently, when that occurs... I’ve come to believe that sometimes... if a person does not desire to be beaten down like a cheap piece of meat... sometimes.. you have to teach people how to treat you. On that note, sometimes a black man has to but his religion in his back pocket and commence to showing his natural black ass.

    In short, I’m going to do my best to tone it down and not be the epicenter of a 3 Ring Barnum & Bailey Circus.... *wink*

  • Tovah | September 24, 2011 9:29 AMReply

    @Ashley

    I'm a forward thinking, young, black, non-religious person as well. I feel your frustration at the lack of films geared toward our demo. However, I'm also a huge Dolly Parton fan...

    I'll catch this as soon as it's released.

  • Zho | September 24, 2011 8:45 AMReply

    Typical. once again someone white has to save the day for us unqualified, unskilled, untalented Black people and show us how it's done... bullsh*t!!! I am so over this, we as Black artists better wake up. If we think for a second that white producers, execs and investors will spend their money to make a film about us that will give us the proper respect, dream on.

    Our true stories will only be told properly if WE decide to invest in them and tell them ourselves... don't look for anything different EVER. That's just the reality of it. Their money, their way. It's no different than what's taught in history books in schools even to this day. If it's on their dime they will paint their own reality to suit them and make them the supreme being... we need to create our own large production companies... puppet free, and tell our own stories. Support those stories and quite lining the pockets of people who care could care less how we are viewed or if we are okay with it.

  • CareyCarey | September 24, 2011 8:20 AMReply

    “Then the other comments that took a blow at the Christian teaspoons in the film.
    Clear cases of people scorned by the hypocrisy and disappointment of some everyday Christians. smh”


    Excuse me, I don’t know what you meant by that, but let me say the written word is a big fat liar. My words were not meant as a backhand blow at Christians. I was simply saying there appears to be Christian messages within the film and I personally do not see anything wrong with that... and I do accept apologies.

    Now, I will agree that I’ve never understood what some were trying to imply by the words “church folks”. That always hit me the wrong way. So I too was taken aback by Ashley’s (young, non church-going, knowledge-seeking, forward-thinking, african american). Her words seem to be implying that those that have a “belief” are the boogie man, dumb and ignorant. On the other hand, the non church-going crowd (atheists and those that never go to any church) are what? What are they, geniuses and those with the best morals and flawless character?

    Well, maybe they can better explain what I don’t understand. I was raised in the church and go to church, so I’m left to wonder who are all these bright and intelligent, lawyers, writers, PRESIDENTS, doctors, businessmen, mothers and fathers that I’ve seen in church all my life.

    And please, someone will have to define their usage of “hypocrites” because if everyone that goes to church has arrived, then there wouldn’t be a need to listen to any words concerning how to be a better person and how to solve ones emotional conflicts. Most individual who go to church are simply trying to learn how to be a better human being, in spite of their character flaws which they are seeking to uncover. Yet, the press and those who do not go to church are the ones that are giving out misleading information, and I’ve always questioned their source (of information).

  • tambay | September 24, 2011 7:56 AMReply

    @ Carey - wow, you're tired just like me huh? Good! I'm glad I'm not the only one. But I'm going to hold you to all that you implied in that right there last comment you made. Sho'nuff :)

  • Jess | September 24, 2011 7:51 AMReply

    Look, at the end of the day, I'd just like to know where the hell is Jesse L. Martin! IMDB promised me he was in this movie, and I dont like being lied to... And let's be honest, that will be the only reason why I'll be watching this movie.... sure wont be for Dolly Parton's shining (shiny?) personality....

  • cc | September 24, 2011 7:40 AMReply

    Sister Act 2 + Glee = Joyful Noise.

  • FilmDreams | September 24, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    I was with Ashley until she described her demographic as (young, non church-going, knowledge-seeking, forward-thinking, african american). Interesting how non church-going is followed by knowledge seeking. Then the other comments that took a blow at the Christian teaspoons in the film.
    Clear cases of people scorned by the hypocrisy and disappointment of some everyday Christians. smh.
    The knowledge is already there, no need to go by what you see or experience, read for yourself. That's a film in itself. Start writing

    Anywho, no this is clearly not a riveting film, yes we should expect more. But this should just be fuel to get out, create and support film that you love. Then with your hard work and persistence, the world can see it.

    And wth is meant by "knee jerking 2011"?

  • Ashley | September 24, 2011 5:42 AMReply

    "I was with Ashley until she described her demographic as (young, non church-going, knowledge-seeking, forward-thinking, african american). Interesting how non church-going is followed by knowledge seeking. Then the other comments that took a blow at the Christian teaspoons in the film."

    "I too was taken aback by Ashley’s (young, non church-going, knowledge-seeking, forward-thinking, african american). Her words seem to be implying that those that have a “belief” are the boogie man, dumb and ignorant."

    No need to feel offended, that wasn't my intention. I was ranting, period. I am NOT one of those that think Christian = stupid/ignorant. "Non church-going" does not equate to atheism or agnosticism, I'm neither. It means just that, I don't attend church--although I grew up in church--I'm not a part of the church culture. A lot of these new commercial films, featuring African Americans, gear towards this culture. These films don't have layers, they're shallow. You know how you can watch a film many times and get something different? I'm not in the industry, I'm a consumer who lives in the south without access to the film festivals or limited-released indie films, so I'm just hungry for more. *shrugs*

    The Matrix is one of my absolute favorite films and I think it is the closest we've gotten to what I FEEL my demo is looking for. If Will Smith would have starred in it like he was supposed to and if what Sophia Stewart contends is true (she says she wrote it and it's the story of the second coming of Jesus Christ), then it would have been perfection. But hey, who the hell am I? I'm just a consumer.

  • BondGirl | September 24, 2011 5:03 AMReply

    Queen Latifah & Dolly Parton have excellent comedic timing...I actually LOL'd at QL's last line. This should be a fun romp. Stop making everything where blacks & whites coexist a problem. Get some help...that much pain and anger can't be healthy for anyone. I can only imagine what some of y'all are like to live with...geez.

  • Ashley | September 24, 2011 4:45 AMReply

    How many times are we gonna recycle the same themes over and over again? It's stuff like this that keeps my ass at a quality, thought-provoking, professional play. Will there EVER be a commercial film featuring African Americans that is as great as anything I can find on a professional stage?? Just mind numbing. I want more for us. I want our consciousness to be raised. I guess I'll be called a hater but my demographic (young, non church-going, knowledge-seeking, forward-thinking, african american) has not been served since...never. I'm hungry, hell famished. END RANT Yeah, this isn't for me.

  • Tamara | September 24, 2011 4:36 AMReply

    "The Fighting Temptations"...

    Kinda reminds me in a way of that feature, which I thought was okay/feel good.

    Something for the family.

  • BluTopaz | September 24, 2011 1:58 AMReply

    Was that the trailer or first half of the movie? Guess I am knee jerk since I predict busloads of church folk will show up to see this, should be ok long as they don't think about Latifah playing a married woman.

  • CareyCarey | September 24, 2011 1:04 AMReply

    Yep, I’m tired tired tired too!

    So let me tell it like it T. I. ‘Tis B (yeah, borrowed that from jug)

    Who likes fairy tales. Okay, I think I’ll open with a fairy tale. Listen, a black man lived in yonder castle. Others could be heard saying.."Fee, fi, fo, fum, we smell the blood of an English speaking man [Tyler Perry]; Be he alive, or be he dead, we'll grind his bones to make our bread!"

    “The Coon is strong with this one”
    “TP has officially highjacked the film industry”
    “I’m STILL not getting the Tyler phenomenon”
    “Go away Tyler”

    Yep, I’m tired of hearing that nonsense and I’ll get back to that thought.

    I’m also tied of hearing white people, Precious and The Help and director’s sexuality being used as tools to dig up all that’s supposedly wrong with black cinema. TIRED! I’m tired of black folks pointing fingers in all the wrong directions.

    I’m tied of Hollywood being used as the Boogie Man and The Big Bad Wolf. That reminds me, and please excuse me, but did I miss the memo? When did the mystical "ambiguous" other folks ever love us? I mean, did I miss the call that said we've been loved for the last 400 years? So what’s new and why cry about it? Yeah, I’m tired too. I’m tired of hearing bullshit like “ George Lucas put his entire career on the line. If this film is not successful, it will become a stumbling block for all time”

    WHAT? If George Lucas makes money, the Big Bad Wolf is not going to huff n puff and blow black cinema down? That’s tired... and lame.

    I’m also tired of people using phrases like “church folks” and “those Christian folks” in ways that imply those that have a “belief” are the boogie man‘s brother, dumb and ignorant, and all that‘s wrong with black cinema. Yet, on the other hand, the non church-going crowd (atheists and those that never go to any church) are what? What are they, geniuses and the good folks with the best morals and flawless character ? Check this response to a movie that had a church theme:

    “I want our consciousness to be raised. I guess I’ll be called a hater but my demographic (young, non church-going, knowledge-seeking, thought-provoking,
    forward-thinking, African American) has not been served [with this theme]”

    Yeah, riiiiiiight. I’m tired of that too.

    Well, maybe they can better explain what I don’t understand. Who are all these bright and intelligent, lawyers, writers, PRESIDENTS, doctors, businessmen, informed and intelligent proud mothers and fathers that I’ve seen in church all my life?

    Listen, let me bring this home by using a Hollywood favorite. Jim Carry got his hands on a script - Ace Ventura. Everybody in town had already turned it down and he didn’t like it either b/c he thought the SCRIPT was too corny as written. Bingo, he totally re-wrote the screenplay. Smart move! Budget: 12M. Gross: 72M

    Now T.D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar and a guy name Russ Par see’s gold in Tyler Perry’s castle. But alas, they are “re-writing” the SCRIPT. Although I don’t like how the new pimping purveyor are pushing their wares, I am suggesting “we” are not going to do a damn thing as a collective front (history tells me that). So look at the good elements in Tyler Perry’s products (there are several) and take out what you consider to be bad, i.e. Christian messages and bad directing, etc, and re-write the script (how exactly is he drawing so many viewers), and stop pointing fingers in all the wrong directions. Cuz I’m tired tired tired of hearing the same ol’ blues, porous opinions and half-baked solutions.

  • darkan | September 23, 2011 11:18 AMReply

    After the Taraji debate, I'm officially spent and done. Here's my final comment though. I just love it how the white boy and his momma comes in and spices up the church showing the blacks how to really sing and have soul. *Rolling my eyes*. Who greenlit this shit and why didn't anybody (namely Queen Latifah) say "Hold on, why we gotta have the white boy be the best singer when Terrell and Marquis will sing this boy under the table." It's a reverse Sister Act film and it's bull. Black people are no longer relevant or worth anything to white america. We brought it on ourselves. There, I've said. Be well everyone and may God save us all!

  • Ladybug | September 23, 2011 10:14 AMReply

    So . . . I will likely see this one . . . because I know Jeremy Jordon . . . the white dude . . . we worked together . . . and I am excited for him . . . its a huge year for him . . . he's currently starring as Jack in Newsies at Papermill and he will be Clyde in the upcoming Broadway musical Bonnie & Clyde opening this fall . . . but I understand that we can call it a guilty pleasure flick . . . . a la Sister Act.

  • CareyCarey | September 23, 2011 9:53 AMReply

    Okay, knee-jerks aside, I'm feelin' a hit!

    Really, I'm feelin' a little pinch of The Preacher's Wife and a dash of The Fighting Temptations. And as the gumbo simmers, I'm smelling the fine flavors of fluffy racial conflict that smells like The Family That Preys & The Secret Life of Bees.

    Yes sir, I'm holding my knees under the table, but I gotta say this movie appears to have all the necessary ingredients to draw it's target audience. Let's see, there's a cup of foot stomping singing by a few popular artists. There's a tablespoon of a "Christian" message. There's a slice of interracial love and a teaspoon of racial tension. Yep, that's money!

  • tambay | September 23, 2011 8:09 AMReply

    @ ShebaBaby - Alright, you're officially pardoned.

  • ShebaBaby | September 23, 2011 7:57 AMReply

    Pardon me if I don't agree with this ideology "I’m chilling with what I’m calling “knee-jerk 2011." I've seen enough film and I'm sure you Tambay as well has seen enough film and read enough scripts to be able to tell if a movie is gonna be good or terrible. One thing Hollywood is these days is predictable.

    Don't see why folks believe you can't decide on whether or not a movie is good or bad by watching the trailer and reading enough about it to know what's going on. Heck the whole point of the trailer is to make you want to see the movie. Maybe i'ma so-called "Knee jerker" as you say but why would anyone want to waste their time or money to go see a bad movie, or a movie that's gonna offend you or your intelligence?

    Especially when nearly every movie out in the past couple of years has been just...tired. Sort of how this trailer looks.

  • Geneva Girl | September 23, 2011 7:52 AMReply

    Something to take my parents to.

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