ICYMI, it was reported earlier this week that Scarlett and her husband were opening a popcorn shop in Paris. The store had its grand opening earlier today and the happy couple were present to welcome customers to their business venture. Scarlett looks radiant and so excited, which is great to see. I hope this is a huge success for them both. The first batch of images from the opening have been added to the gallery-be sure to take a look.

Labels: Appearances, Gallery Updates, Other Projects

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.

Labels: Charity Work, Other Projects

ROLLING STONE – Mike O’Brien may have left Saturday Night Live, but he continues to be a vital part of the sketch-comedy world. On October 30th, the “7 Minutes in Heaven” star will release a new comedy album, Tasty Radio. Below, listen to the track “Sexy Bible,” which features the album’s most surprising guest, Scarlett Johansson.

Tasty Radio is a concept LP, with all the tracks serving as different radio stations. On “Sexy Bible,” Johansson reads ridiculous passages from the Book of Deuteronomy on WSEX, Sexy Talk Radio.

“I’ve always wanted to do a sketch about the Old Testament, specifically Deuteronomy,” O’Brien tells Rolling Stone. “The Old Testament is filled with beautiful stuff, but also some weirdly specific, random rules and speeches. Deuteronomy could be called ‘Laws for Stuff That Will Never Apply to 99% of Civilization,’ like what to do with a dead animal you find [or] what to do to a woman who grabs the junk of a guy who her husband is fighting. [It’s] a very funny time capsule of what those guys were worried about back then.”

For “Sexy Bible,” O’Brien knew he couldn’t tackle the task of satirizing Deuteronomy on his own. “I wasn’t sure what the comedic take would be when I first became obsessed with Deuteronomy, but I knew a female should be delivering most of it because a lot of the quotes are very misogynistic and who wants to hear a guy make fun of that,” O’Brien explains. “I was so thrilled that Scarlett said she’d do it. We actually did another, half-improvised sketch after finishing ‘Sexy Bible.’ I’ll probably release the other one later on.”

Along with Johansson, O’Brien’s album features friends and peers such as Cecily Strong, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, John Mulaney and Seth Meyers. In August, O’Brien appeared in an episode of Armisen and Meyers’ Documentary Now! series on IFC.

Labels: Other Projects

Remember a few years ago when Scarlett announced she had formed an all-girl band? Well, now the group, named The Singles, have dropped their first single, Candy. You can take a listen to the song below.

ROLLING STONE – Scarlett Johansson’s past musical projects have included an album of Tom Waits covers, a Serge Gainsbourg-inspired collaboration with Pete Yorn and a role in Bob Dylan’s vintage When the Deal Goes Down music video. Now, she’s not just going pop, she’s going – as she puts it – “super-pop,” fronting a band featuring Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan. Este Haim, the oldest of the Haim sisters, plays drums.

“The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls,” says Johansson, citing the influence of Grimes, the Bangles and the Go-Go’s. “I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra-pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”

Below, hear their first single, the cheeky Candy, a three-minute electro jam that brings to mind a lost Robyn song inspired by Aaron Carter’s take on Bow Wow Wow’s own junk-food-as-metaphor hit, I Want Candy. The track was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, who previously worked with Johansson on the Waits LP. At the time, he compared her voice to that of Debbie Harry.

Pre-order the Candy 12-inch single here.

Labels: Other Projects, The Singles