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Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah movie filming in Atlanta today

Queen Latifah was happy to pose for this photo with Anna Foote

Queen Latifah was happy to pose for this photo with Anna Foote

Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are in the Poncey-Highland area today, working on their film “Joyful Noise,” where they play two women who work to save a gospel choir that has hit hard times. Courtney Vance stars as the minister.

The project has done some filming south of town, in Fayette and Coweta counties, and also west of town, in Paulding County. Today it’s shooting on Linwood Avenue, from Ponce de Leon to North avenues. If you’re driving over that way today you’ll likely need to find a detour.

Resident Anna Foote has been enjoying watching the filmmakers work.

“I walked into my house about 4 p.m. yesterday and Courtney Vance was sitting at my dining room table, working on a laptop!” she said. Her son, Matthew Copello, broke the ice with the Queen for her.

“My mom is one of your biggest fans. Will you take a picture?” he asked.

“I about melted into the floor!” Foote said. But as you can see Queen Latifah was happy to pose for this photo.

“She really is sweet,” Foote said. “I only had about 30 seconds with her.”

Foote described a very pleasant atmosphere on the set and can’t wait to see the film.

“Everyone was just in a super mood,” she said. “They really seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

In their downtime, both Parton and Queen Latifah have been spotted around Atlanta while the project films here. Parton was spotted at the Alliance Theatre, and also did some shopping at Vinings Jubilee. Queen has been seen around at the Mediterranean Grill near Piedmont Park and the West Side Provision District on Howell Mill.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

21 comments Add your comment

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February 23rd, 2011
10:31 am

i’m supposed to be working as an extra on the joyful noise set tomorrow. will let u know if anything interesting happens.

Tia Williams

February 23rd, 2011
10:55 am

I actually saw the “Queen” on 75/85 south in traffice last week. She was riding/driving in a convertible grey Phantom…I wanted to scream out, QUUUEEEEEENNN, but I didn’t want to act like a groupie!!! LOL

www2

February 23rd, 2011
11:06 am

http://www….is that at Howard’s deli tomorrow???

Jesse Jackson has a scheme for you....

February 23rd, 2011
11:49 am

Who Cares!!!

Late for Work Again

February 23rd, 2011
12:05 pm

This is the reason I’ve been late for work two days straight because of insane traffic! They need to warn us about these things AHEAD of time…argh!

MeaneyMouse

February 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

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B

February 23rd, 2011
1:13 pm

They are also filming in downtown Conyers, GA today.

debbie

February 23rd, 2011
1:21 pm

Anybody know if Kris Kristofferson is filming with them?

sharon

February 23rd, 2011
1:33 pm

That’s funny Tia.

jon

February 23rd, 2011
2:48 pm

Anyone know which studios is releasing this film? I bet its Screen Gems. They make good movies.

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Emma

February 23rd, 2011
2:51 pm

@ Late For Work Again: if you lived in the neighorhood where they were filming there were signs posted up and in the area that they would be filming two weeks ago. Just FYI!!!!!

Hollywood, Holly F'ing Won't

February 23rd, 2011
2:52 pm

People don’t realize how many movies are being made in this state. Glad Georgia is finally getting some attention from the film industry.

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PJW

February 23rd, 2011
4:19 pm

@debbie *SPOILER* Kristofferson’s character dies pretty early in the film, so his stuff may have already been shot.

Anna 'that's me' in Poncey-Highland

February 23rd, 2011
4:49 pm

Emma – they were really only here shooting for 2 days – there were a few days of prep and they’ll take a day to breakdown – but it was all OK.
PJW – Kristofferson was not at this shoot location – kinda a bummer, I would like to have seen him.
Truth be told – Courtney Vance was the nicest and most approachable of all the actors I met. I liked him very much- it was cool to find him sitting in my dining room when I got home.
The movie industry is so very important in GA – no matter how much it was an interruption in our lives, they bring needed jobs; local caterers, drivers, extras, etc and I would gladly be inconvenienced again.

Jeannie Weller Cooper

February 23rd, 2011
5:06 pm

Wow! So excited to see this! Yay for us having Dolly and the Queen here. I blogged a little about it and included a photo from the not so good old days of Atlanta movies- NOT to say the movies weren’t good, in spite of themselves, sometimes. I hope All of the production has a wonderful time in the area.
http://southsideatlantamemories.typepad.com/southside_atlanta_memorie/2011/02/queen-latifah-dolly-parton-ponce-conyers-fayette-moviemaking-oh-joy.html

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nickster

February 24th, 2011
5:37 pm

Who is filming today , Feb 24th at the Old East City Hall on North Ave in Atlanta Ga. ?

lisa

February 24th, 2011
8:14 pm

My sister was an extra in the movie today! This was a surprise to her, but she is so exited!

GREGORY HART

February 27th, 2011
7:57 pm

WELL TOMORROW IS FEB. 28TH AND DOLLY AND QUEEN L. IS DUE IN SMYRNA,GA FOR ONE DAY OF FILMING AT HOWARDS DELI. THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING WITH ALL THE TRAFFIC I GO ALOT TO DOLLYS NEIGHBORHOOD (PIGEON FORGE) AND I GUESS I SHOULD BE HONORED THAT SHE IS COMMING TO MINE FOR ONCE