Michael Idato

Michael Idato

Michael Idato is a Senior Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Stone dead and dead funny

Michael Idato In television, everything old is new again. Nothing says ''ooh, look, what a smart idea'' like an old idea rolled back through the flour and given another go in the creative deep-fryer known as the...

Will 'The Good Wife' have a happy ending?

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Michael Idato Stars of The Good Wife discuss whether Alicia could ever truly find happiness.

Rebel Wilson's struggling Super Fun Night faces judgment day

Rebel Wilson in Super Fun Night

Michael Idato The US studio Warner Bros is expected to make a decision soon about the future of Australian actress Rebel Wilson's comedy series Super Fun Night.

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Australian actor Don Hany is back playing doctor

Don Hany was well-loved as Dr Chris Havel in <i>Offspring</i>.

Michael Idato The exodus of Australian actors bound for Hollywood continues unabated with confirmation that the US network ABC has signed Australian actor Don Hany as the lead in a new medical drama, Warriors.

Elementary stars on relationships

Michael Idato Elementary stars Lucy Liu and Aidan Quinn discuss where Watson and Gregson's feelings toward Sherlock are heading in season two.


Bette Midler to perform at Academy Awards for first time

Debut ... 68-year-old singer and actress Bette Midler will perform at the Academy Awards for the first time.

Michael Idato The iconic Bette Midler will perform for the first time at the Academy Awards this year.


Australian actor Hugh Jackman.

Michael Idato Hugh Jackman will return to host Broadway's answer to the Oscars for a fourth time.

Heaven-sent sci-fi toys with politics


Michael Idato Star-Crossed is a sort of Mr Spock-omeo and Juliet set on a futuristic Earth.

Star crossed lovers a world apart

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Michael Idato The stars of Star-Crossed discuss the show's political themes as well as the Romeo and Juliet style romance.


Modern Family cast touches down in Australia

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Lily, posted this on her Twitter account.

Michael Idato The stars of the hit series Modern Family have landed in Sydney today on board a Qantas airliner which has been branded "the Modern Family carrier".

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Michael Idato Hugh Jackman will return to host Broadway's answer to the Oscars for a fourth time.

When dimples turn to wrinkles the chequebook slams shut on child stars

Michael Idato Conditions for child stars have barely changed since Hollywood discovered the earning power of pint-sized actors.

Secrets & Lies

Juliette Lewis and Ryan Phillippe to star in US version of Secrets & Lies

Juliette Lewis.

Michael Idato The US adaptation of the Australian drama Secrets & Lies is turning into a star-studded TV project.


Game of clones: Thrones' success renews the TV spin cycle


Michael Idato It's the oldest game in Hollywood: rinse and repeat. But there are two new TV shows, both hoping to capitalise on the success of Game of Thrones, which might have tried a little harder when it came...

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Stan Grant.

Michael Idato Sky News international editor Stan Grant will front Foxtel's Crimes that Shook Australia.


Jai Courtney leads race for Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis

<i>A Good Day To Die Hard</i> star Jai Courtney could be joining the <i>Terminator</i> franchise.

Michael Idato Australian actor Jai Courtney has found himself in the final leg of the race to cast the lead role in the Hollywood's reboot of the Terminator franchise.

'Not famous'

Shia LaBeouf dons paper bag at Nymphomaniac premiere at Berlin film festival

'Not Famous Anymore' ... Shia LaBeouf attends <i>Nymphomaniac Volume I (long version)</i> premiere in Berlin.

Michael Idato As media conferences go, it was one of Hollywood's best. Shia LaBeouf walked out. Uma Thurman and Christian Slater were left to make sardine jokes. And film director Lars Von Trier was a no-show.

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Nine's Schapelle switch: TV viewers are the real losers in this ratings war

Krew Boylan as Schapelle Corby in <i>Schapelle</i>.

Michael Idato It's an act of pure programming bastardry. And, as usual, it's the audience that loses out.

Tonight Show

Sandra Bullock in tears as Jay Leno farewells Tonight Show

Sandra Bullock gets tearful over Jay Leno's retirement from <i>The Tonight Show</i>.

Michael Idato Rarely, in television, does a goodbye take this long.

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Prank letter

Prankster George Clooney drags Matt Damon into Tina Fey, Amy Poehler payback

Prank war brewing between actor George Clooney and Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Michael Idato The "prank" war brewing between actor George Clooney and Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler appears to have stepped up a notch.