Terry Morrow: Johnny Knoxville, Dolly Parton won't be twiddling their thumbs in 2012

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Johnny Knoxville

Chins up, Bucko. Just because 2011 is over doesn't mean 2012 will be dull. Here are a few projects coming together for locally tied celebrities in the new year:


Ties: South Knoxville native

What he's known for: "Jackass" and getting kicked in the wrong places (and we don't mean a back alley off Chapman Highway).

What he'll be known for in 2012: Not "Jackass"

To come: The South Knoxville boy formerly known as PJ Clapp will return to the big screen with a couple of projects, coming in the fall. He'll play the brother of comic Patton Oswalt in a new buddy comedy, due in October. The title has not been revealed yet.

Knoxville and Oswalt will play feuding siblings who go on a camping trip together during a major family crisis.

More is known about Knoxville's other big -screen comedy project called "Fun Size." It co-stars Chelsea Handler, Kerri Kenney ("Reno 911") and Victoria Justice.

The story takes place on Halloween, when a girl loses her little brother and only has the one night to track him down. "Fun Size" will be out Oct. 12.

Next month, Knoxville will be winging off the South America to shoot another movie.


Dolly Parton  has a new film coming out in January, her first in almost 20 years.

Photo by Michael Patrick

Dolly Parton has a new film coming out in January, her first in almost 20 years.

Ties: Sevier County native

What she's known for: Mournful country ballads, Dollywood, big hair and bigger, well, you get the point.

What she'll be known for in 2012: Her return to the big screen.

To come: On Jan. 13, Parton will make her comeback to movies with the comedy-musical "Joyful Noise." She plays a widow who disapproves of the choir's new leader (Queen Latifah).

The soundtrack, which combines gospel and pop tunes, will be released Tuesday, Jan. 11.

How did the Queen of Country and the Queen of Latifah bond?

"I wear an 'E' (cup bra)," Latifah deadpanned. "We girls have to stick together."


Ties: Bearden native

What she's known for: Wacky character roles, "My Name Is Earl," helping a girl cut a man's hands off, "Winter's Bone."

What she'll be known for in 2012: Getting her claws out.

To come: Dickey will join the cast of HBO's "True Blood" this summer. She'll play the mother of Marcus, the late leader of a werewolf clan.

According to reports, she'll be out to get revenge on folks who did wrong to her son. The role is "recurring," which means she'll be in multiple episodes.

She'll be filming the episodes this spring.


Ties: Greeneville, Tenn., residents

What they are known for: Hit country tunes such as "If I Die Young," from their self-titled debut CD.

What they'll be known for in 2012: More hits and more acclaim.

To come: The sibling trio is in the studio and working on a new CD, more than likely out in 2012 (since their current CD has just about exhausted its string of singles). No word on what the sound on the new CD will be like.

Also, The Band Perry is up for best new artists at the 2012 Grammy Awards, to be handed out in a few weeks.


Ties: Knoxville native

What he is known for: Playing the game of "Survivor" — and never winning.

What he'll be known for in 2012: Not "Survivor."

To come: After becoming one of the most popular players in the history of "Survivor," Wade will embark on a new journey — starring in his own series. The show has been developed for cable and will be "reality based." However, he could not provide more details about what the new series will be about.

Wade said the series should make its debut in the fall, though.

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