Michael Idato

Michael Idato

Michael Idato is a Senior Writer based in Los Angeles for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Roseanne Barr reveals she is suffering from a condition that will leave her blind

Michael Idato 'My vision is closing in now', the US comedian says, adding she's using marijuana to ease the discomfort.

Australia dramas and actors storm into the Monte Carlo TV Festival

 Jonathan LaPaglia has been nominated for a Golden Nymph for his work on <i>Love Child</i>.

Michael Idato Three home grown dramas - Ten's Secrets & Lies, Nine's Love Child and the ABC drama Anzac Girls - have been nominated for awards at the prestigious festival.

Foxtel and Netflix to share rights for Orange is the New Black

No longer imprisoned by old seasons... All of <i>Orange is the New Black</i> series will be on offer to Australians.

Michael Idato Foxtel will launch the third season of the critically acclaimed US women's prison drama Orange is the New Black by screening every episode in a full season marathon.

Star Wars spin-off Rogue One to take fans back to where it all began

Following in Princess Leia's footsteps ... British actress Felicity Jones is the only confirmed actor signed on for Disney's new Star Wars film, Rogue One.

Michael Idato The first standalone Star Wars movie in almost 40 years will take fans back to where it all began, the theft of the Death Star plans which set the stage for 1977's Star Wars and launched what has...

Gone With The Wind dress sells for US$137,000

Michael Idato In 1961, a young man working as a sweeper in the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios came across a dress laying on the floor. He was told to ignore it, as it was being thrown away.

New Star Wars movie The Force Awakens trailer adds $2.5b to Disney's value

A still from the original Star Wars (1977) movie. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill),  
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) all return for The Force Awakens.

Michael Idato The second teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars sequel The Force Awakens has proved a financial boon for the US studio Disney.

Networking Guide: Steve Liebmann and David Speers to front Sky's Anzac Day presentation

Eight million viewers: Game of Thrones season 5's Tommen and Cersei.

Michael Idato Sky News Australia's Anzac Day coverage will include the march and cross to dawn services around the world, including Auckland, Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux in France.

Home and Away joins Logie's Hall of Fame, but highlights a stunning lack of female inductees

Long-running series Home and Away enters the Logies Hall of Fame.

Michael Idato The long-running Seven Network soap opera Home and Away has been inducted into the TV Week Logie Hall of Fame.

Anne of Green Gables actor Jonathan Crombie dead at 48

Jonathan Crombie and Megan Follows in Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story.

Michael Idato Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, who achieved international fame as by teasing, courting and finally winning the heart of Anne of Green Gables as Gilbert Blythe, has died. He was just 48 years old.

WikiLeaks

Batman star Ben Affleck hid his family's slave-owning past in TV documentary

Ben Affleck.

Michael Idato Hollywood actor Ben Affleck asked the producers of a TV documentary about his family to omit details of an ancestor who was a slave owner in the American south, it has been revealed.

Grammar goof?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer: Does it contain clue that Darth Vader is alive?

Darth Vader.

Michael Idato No sooner had the new Star Wars movie trailer been unveiled the internet imploded with theories of an apparent resurrection of Darth Vader.

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The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens new trailer gives first look at older Han Solo

'Chewie, we're home!' ... Harrison Ford returns as the fast-talking Han Solo with co-pilot and friend, wookie Chewbacca. They are joined by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Michael Idato The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens reintroduces some very familiar characters, and hints at plot details in the eagerly awaited reboot.

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Kevin Feige

How Marvel Studios came to rule Hollywood

Shiny: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow joined the team for <i>The Avengers</i>, which made $US1.5 billion.

Michael Idato For decades Marvel lived in the shadow of its rival, DC Comics - until Iron Man came to the rescue.

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Elizabeth Olsen

Avengers: Age of Ultron's Elizabeth Olsen talks about Star Wars, superheroes and 'the stance'

Power and speed: Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) arrive for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Michael Idato Actress Elizabeth Olsen is preparing for life as a Marvel superhero: "I'm not sure how it's gonna all unfold."

End in sight for long-running television drama Downton Abbey

On song: Operatic star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa plays Dame Nellie Melba in <i>Downton Abbey</i>.

Michael Idato For all great stories and great characters the time comes to say goodbye.

Spoiler alert

Terminator: Genisys new trailer reveals major plot twists

Terminator

Michael Idato The new trailer for the reboot of the Terminator series has stunned fans by revealing a couple of major plot points and at least one major twist.

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Bizarre game show

Wild Things headlines Cannes TV market: Reality TV has finally gone to the dogs

Bizarre: game show Wild Things, where contestants dress up as animals.

Michael Idato It should come as no surprise that the world of TV "formats" has finally gone to the dogs.

Analysis

Game of Thrones season 5 leak topples HBO's house of cards, exposes weakness of drip-feed TV

Weakening Foxtel's position: <i>Game of Thrones</i> season 5 leak upsets the balance of power.

Michael Idato This is a lesson in the risks of exerting too much control in a market which is now too large and too hungry to be drip fed on a weekly basis.

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Staggering result

Furious 7 clocks $US800 million at box office, racing towards $US1 billion line

Paul Walker

Michael Idato The latest instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise has passed the $US800 million mark after just its second weekend on release..

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Networking: news from the TV and film industries

Marta Dusseldorp and Brett Climo in <i>A Place to Call Home</i>.

Michael Idato The controversial HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has set a ratings record in the US.