INDIEWIRE – Scarlett Johansson does a good Bernard Sumner.
The actress and sometimes singer recently recorded a cover of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” with her four-person band Sugar for Sugar, which includes Julia Haltigan, Holly Miranda, and Kendra Morris. The song will be featured on a charity album due out on October 7 called “The Time Is Now” for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Co-written by Sumner, New Order’s lead singer, “Bizarre Love Triangle” was released in 1986.
Republic Records and Mass Appeal Records will release the album, which will include new versions of 80s songs by several other artists, including Phantogram covering Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home”, Lower Dens covering Hall & Oates’ “Maneater,” and Aloe Blacc covering Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
Johansson covered The Pretenders’s “Brass in Pocket” during a scene in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film “Lost in Translation,” and has contributed to movie soundtracks including the 2012 climate change documentary “Chasing Ice” and Spike Jonze’s 2013 film “Her.” She recently lent her singing voice to the soundtrack of this year’s “The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, and “Sing,” directed by Garth Jennings.
VANITY FAIR – In 2007, Bono helped launch his (Red) organization—which recruited major companies to fork over some of their mall-going customers’ money to fund the fight against AIDS—within Vanity Fair’s very pages. Eight years and $320 million later in its revolutionary crusade against the pandemic, the conscious consumerism effort co-founded by Bobby Shriver is still going strong, and has a new holiday initiative—(Red)Shopathon—that will kick off on December 1, World AIDS Day.
In the spirit of the charitable holiday extravaganza, Scarlett Johansson doffed her movie-star cap for commercial jingle-singing duties, belting out a tune written by Barry Manilow and brokered by Jimmy Kimmel.