To get ready to walk the red carpet at the premiere of her new film, "Joyful Noise," Dolly Parton put in hours of preparation.
"I've spent all afternoon just casually thinking, 'Oh, I'll take a bath, I'll do a facial, I'll do my makeup and then I'll retouch it later. Which wig will I like?'" the 65-year-old told us Monday night. She was wearing a bedazzled white dress that showed off her notorious bosom; sheer, pearl-covered gloves; long, red fake nails and plenty of diamond jewelry in the shape of crosses.
Despite her intense regimen, the legendary singer-actress turned up on time to the premiere of the movie, cheerily greeting the press. Her costar, Queen Latifah, wasn't quite as punctual. She turned up 30 minutes after the movie was slated to begin and granted only a handful of interviews.
"Joyful Noise," which opens Friday, has the actresses playing willful women who must band together to save their small-town church choir. Accordingly, it's already drawing comparisons to "Sister Act," which also featured choir singing.
"I think the main parallel would be the music, and the fact that it's uptempo," said 18-year-old Nickelodeon star Keke Palmer, who has one of her first big film roles in "Joyful Noise."
"A lot of the songs are contemporary and turned into gospel music, and that always excites people."
Director Todd Graff said he welcomed the comparisons, adding with a laugh: "I only hope we're as successful as 'Sister Act.'"
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: Dolly Parton, left, and Queen Latifah on the red carpet at "Joyful Noise" premiere. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press