Lorne Michaels is a Canadian-American television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the Late Night series, The Kids in the Hall and The Tonight Show. Lorne Michaels was born on November 1944, to Florence and Henry Abraham Lipowitz, his place of birth is disputed. Michaels and his two younger siblings were raised in Toronto, he graduated from University College, where he majored in English, in 1966. Michaels became a US citizen in 1987 and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002. Michaels has been married three times. During the early 1960s, he began a relationship with Rosie Shuster, daughter of his comedy mentor Frank Shuster of the Wayne and Shuster comedy team, who worked with him on Saturday Night Live as a writer. Michaels and Shuster were married in 1971 and divorced in 1980, he married model Susan Forristal in 1981, which ended in divorce in 1987. Michaels married his current wife and former assistant, Alice Barry, in 1991.
Michaels began his career as a broadcaster for CBC Radio. He moved to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1968 to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, he starred with Hart Pomerantz in The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, a Canadian comedy series that ran in the early 1970s. In 1975 Michaels created the TV show NBC's Saturday Night, which in 1977 changed its name to Saturday Night Live; the show, performed live in front of a studio audience established a reputation for being cutting-edge and unpredictable. It became a vehicle for launching the careers of some of the most successful comedians in the United States; the producer of the show, Michaels was a writer and became executive producer. He appears on-screen as well, where he is known for his deadpan humor. Throughout the show's history, SNL has been nominated for more than 156 Emmy Awards and has won 36, it has been one of the highest-rated late-night television programs. Michaels has been with SNL for all seasons except for his hiatus in the early 1980s.
His daughter, has appeared in episodes, one of, during the show's 30th season hosted by Johnny Knoxville during the monologue when Lorne introduces Johnny Knoxville to his daughter and Sophie shocks Knoxville with a taser. She appeared in a sketch about underage drinking when Zac Efron hosted the show. Michaels's best-known appearance occurred in the first season when he offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on the show, he upped his offer to $3,200, but the money was never claimed. According to an interview in Playboy magazine, John Lennon and Paul McCartney happened to be in New York City that night and wanted to see the show, they nearly went, but changed their minds as it was getting too late to get to the show on time, they were both tired. This near-reunion was the basis for the TV movie Two of Us. On the November 20, 1976 show, musical guest George Harrison appeared, but Michaels told him the offer was conditioned on all four members of the group showing up, not just any Beatle. Harrison tells Michaels his refusal to pay him his share is "chintzy," and Michaels counters by saying, "The Beatles don't have to split the money equally.
They can give, Ringo less if they want." Chris Kattan claims that he was pressured by Michaels to have sex with Amy Heckerling so she would direct the film A Night at the Roxbury. Michaels started Broadway Video in 1979. Shortly afterwards, citing burnout, he left Saturday Night Live, he returned to the show in 1985. During his SNL hiatus, Michaels created another sketch show titled The New Show, which debuted on Friday nights in prime time on NBC in January 1984; the show failed to garner the same enthusiasm as SNL and lasted only 9 episodes before being cancelled. In the 1980s, Michaels appeared in an HBO mockumentary titled The Canadian Conspiracy about the supposed subversion of the United States by Canadian-born media personalities, with Lorne Greene as the leader of the conspiracy. Michaels was identified as the anointed successor to Greene. Michaels is the executive producer of NBC show Late Night, was the executive producer of 30 Rock and Up All Night during their runs. On April 3, 2013, it was announced that Michaels would be taking over as the executive producer for The Tonight Show.
The Tonight Show moved to New York in early 2014 as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In a 2008 interview with Playboy, as well in various other interviews, Tina Fey admitted that Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock is inspired by Michaels. In a different interview, on NPR's radio show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Baldwin stated that some of his inspiration for Donaghy was drawn from Michaels. The character Dr. Evil, the antagonist of Austin Powers in three films, has mannerisms and a speaking style based on Lorne Michaels. Dr. Evil was created and portrayed by SNL alumnus Mike Myers, at least influenced by fellow SNL
The Japanese light novel and anime series Shakugan no Shana features an extensive cast of characters created by Yashichiro Takahashi and Noizi Ito. Voiced by: Satoshi Hino. However, his world is turned upside down when he discovers that he is dead and does not have much time before he disappears. Yuji is a Mystes who contains a treasure known as the "Midnight Lost Child". Unlike normal torches, the treasure inside him restores his Power of Existence every night at midnight. With the Midnight Lost Child, Yuji has the possibility to live on like an average human as long as he makes sure that his power of existence does not run out before midnight. Due to Midnight Lost Child, no one is sure if Yuji will age like a regular human or be immortal as he is. Since the Midnight Lost Child restores his power of existence, Yuji is training to use that power in the hopes of fighting alongside Shana. In the second season of the anime, it is mentioned that Yuji's power of existence can rival that of a Lord of the Crimson Realm in terms of quantity because the power was altered by The Master Throne, Hecate.
When Yuji is ignorant of the fact that he possessed the Midnight Lost Child in the first episodes of the first season of Shakugan no Shana, Yuji develops a somewhat optimistic, yet fatalistic view of his life. When he believed he was slated to perish as a Torch, Yuji took the information in a stride after the initial shock, did not seem too disturbed or melancholy with the idea that everyone would forget about him, accepting this. Rather, his acts of heroism, demonstrated in the series, is justified by his belief that if his existence would one day disappear, his sacrifice would be proof that he had once lived. Although Yuji lacks the training and discipline of a Flame Haze, he has demonstrated an admirable amount of intelligence and logic thinking outside the box and solving puzzles others can't. While many Flame Hazes and Lords of the Crimson Realm would be deceived or confused by unconventional casting of magic, Yuji is able to deduce and see through the ploys despite his unfamiliarity with many magical spells, enabling his allies Shana, to strike at the heart of their opposition.
Furthermore, by the start of the second season, Yuji's training has enabled him to anticipate as well as dodge a good majority of attacks from Flame Hazes as skilled as Shana and Wilhelmina, he has gained the ability to cast Power of Unrestraint. He has the ability to wield Blutsauger and infusing it with some of his own power, he can create his own fire, silver in color, to fire at targets. When Yuji first activates the Fuzetsu on his own, the presence of the silver flames is an omen of The Snake of the Festival's return into the world, for the silver flames were a tool created by the "God of Creation" himself to collect elements necessary for his revival, it is revealed. One is the lover of Pheles who created the Treasure for him; the other is "The Snake of the Festival", the Crimson Lord with the black flame and silver shadow, one of the true gods of the Crimson World and is the founder/true leader of the Bal Masqué. He is reborn and merges with Yuji, whom he honors by demanding that his subordinates refer to him as their new leader.
Pheles' second attempt to free Johan causes the Bal Masque's god to awaken. As both entities have merged into one, it is hard to distinguish which actions are based on Yuji's will and which are the Snake's, sometimes leaving his allies and enemies confused about his true intentions. Upon learning of Chigusa's pregnancy, Kantaro reveals that Yuji had an older twin brother who died at birth. Thus, in memory of their first baby, they named the second baby Yuji, which means "second who shall live long". Yuji is a kind person; this causes Shana much confusion and annoyance, as in her experience other Torches exhibited selfish attitudes. At the same time Yuji's compassion and empathy sow the seeds of attraction between him and Shana, also the reason for their separation, as both Yuji and Sairei no Hebi's main objective is to create a new world between the Human Realm and the Crimsom Realm named "Xanadu" in which the Crimson Denizens and Lords can live peacefully without interfering on both worlds, thus ending the conflict between the Flame Hazes and Bal Masqué This plan is opposed by Shana and her allies who fear that an eventual collapse of Xanadu would further degrade the balance between the worlds.
In the final battle, Yuji brings out his own Unrestricted Spell which looks like a collection of clear crystals and has been used as a shield, but its versatility is bound only by Yuji's will and has been witnessed to be used as a means of teleportation. When Lamia enters Xanadu after fulfilling his wish, she grants Yuji a new Unrestricted Spell, Grammatica, he asks Yuji to ponder upon's its name and meaning. In the end when Yuji accepts Shana's feelings and the two kiss, Grammatica activates restoring Yuji's existence, so that Yuji is no longer a Torch. With the help of another spell from Lamia, Yuji restores all of the humans in Misaki City whose existence was absorbed by the Denizens before he and Shana depart for Xanadu together. Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya.
OK Computer is the third studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on 21 May 1997 on EMI subsidiaries Parlophone and Capitol Records. The members of Radiohead self-produced the album with Nigel Godrich, an arrangement they have used for their subsequent albums. Other than the song "Lucky", recorded in 1995, Radiohead recorded OK Computer in Oxfordshire and Bath between 1996 and early 1997 in the historic mansion St Catherine's Court; the band distanced themselves from the guitar-centred, lyrically introspective style of their previous album, The Bends. OK Computer's abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and eclectic influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead's more experimental work. Despite lowered sales estimates by EMI, who deemed the record uncommercial and difficult to market, OK Computer reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200, Radiohead's highest album entry on the US charts at the time; the songs "Paranoid Android", "Karma Police", "Lucky", "No Surprises" were released as singles.
The album expanded Radiohead's international popularity and has sold at least 7.8 million units worldwide. A remastered version with additional tracks, OKNOTOK 1997 2017, was released in 2017, marking the album's twentieth anniversary. In 2019, in response to an internet leak, Radiohead released MiniDiscs, comprising hours of additional OK Computer material. OK Computer received critical acclaim and has been cited by listeners and musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and won Best Alternative Music Album at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in 1998. The album initiated a stylistic shift in British rock away from Britpop toward melancholic, atmospheric alternative rock that became more prevalent in the next decade; the album depicts a world fraught with rampant consumerism, social alienation, emotional isolation and political malaise. In 2014, it was included by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry as "culturally or aesthetically significant".
In 1995, Radiohead toured in support of their second album The Bends. Midway through the tour, Brian Eno commissioned the band to contribute a song to The Help Album, a charity compilation organised by War Child. Radiohead recorded "Lucky" in five hours with engineer Nigel Godrich, who had assisted producer John Leckie with The Bends and produced several Radiohead B-sides. Godrich said of the Help Album session: "Those things are the most inspiring, when you do stuff fast and there's nothing to lose. We left feeling euphoric. So after establishing a bit of a rapport work-wise, I was sort of hoping I would be involved with the next album." To promote The Help Album, "Lucky" featured as the lead track on the Help EP, which charted at number 51 after BBC Radio 1 chose not to play it. This disappointed Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, but he said "Lucky" shaped the nascent sound and mood of their upcoming record: "'Lucky' was indicative of what we wanted to do, it was like the first mark on the wall."Radiohead found touring stressful and took a break in January 1996.
They sought to distance their new material from the introspective style of The Bends. Drummer Philip Selway said: "There was an awful lot of soul-searching. To do that again on another album would be excruciatingly boring." Yorke said at the time: "We could fall back on just doing another miserable and negative record lyrically, but I don't want to, at all. And I'm deliberately just writing down all the positive things that I see. I'm not able to put them into music yet and I don't want to just force it."The critical and commercial success of The Bends gave Radiohead the confidence to self-produce their third album. Their label Parlophone gave them a £100,000 budget for recording equipment. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said "the only concept that we had for this album was that we wanted to record it away from the city and that we wanted to record it ourselves." According to guitarist Ed O'Brien: "Everyone said, You'll sell six or seven million if you bring out The Bends Pt 2, we're like,'We'll kick against that and do the opposite'."
A number of producers, including major figures such as Scott Litt, were suggested, but the band were encouraged by their sessions with Godrich. They consulted him for advice on what equipment to use, prepared for the sessions by buying their own equipment, including a plate reverberator purchased from songwriter Jona Lewie. Although Godrich had sought to focus his work on electronic dance music, he outgrew his role as advisor and became the album's co-producer. In July 1996, Radiohead started rehearsing and recording OK Computer in their Canned Applause studio, a converted shed near Didcot, Oxfordshire. Without the deadline that contributed to the stress of The Bends, the band had difficulties, which Selway blamed on their choice to self-produce: "We're jumping from song to song, when we started to run out of ideas, we'd move on to a new song... The stupid thing was that we were nearly finished when we'd move on, because so much work had gone into them." The members worked with nearly equal roles in the production and formation of the music, though Yorke was still "the loudest voice" according to O'Brien.
Selway said "we give each other an awful lot of space to develop our parts, but at the same time we are all critical about what the other person is doing." Godrich's role as co-producer was part managerial outsider. He said that Radiohead "need t