Start your Mondays with Flashback, a weekly feature bringing you up to speed with the buzz and latest news on all things arts and entertainment you may have missed during the weekend.
•Anyone catch last night’s performance by Coldplay at the MTV Movie Awards? If colored confetti is what the band’s live performance is about these days, EMI has good reason to worry.
• A fire broke out early Sunday morning on a soundstage at Universal Studios, destroying the Courthouse Square set (named after the use of the space in Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future) and the King King attraction. The studio’s New York set and a vault with thousands of videos were also badly damaged.
• New York Times magazine had a lengthy profile on Tyra Banks this weekend. Among the piece’s funnier bits is Bank’s claim to have perfected the art of 275 different smiles. The piece’s accompanying video, which illustrates some of the smiles, is flat-out fierce (and hysterical).
• Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent passed away Sunday at the age of 71. He’ll be remembered by many as the man responsible for introducing pantsuits and sheer blouses to women’s basic wardrobe. He’ll be remembered by us as the man responsible for our mother’s signature smell, Opium perfume.