Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

New playmaker

US giant Sony Pictures pushes into Australian TV market

Michael Idato The US studio Sony Pictures Television has bought the Australian production company Playmaker Media in a move which gives the production and distribution giant a major foothold in the Australian...

Series return

House of Cards season three launch date revealed

Kevin Spacey

Michael Idato The third season of the critically acclaimed drama House of Cards will launch in the US on February 27, 2015.

Spot the goof

Fan-made trailers bite back against Star Wars 7 trailer

<i>Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens</i> trailer has been remade in Lego.

Michael Idato It was barely hours after fans got their first glimpse of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens that the audience bit back.

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Networking: What's new in the world of TV

A mini-series about Peter Allen is in the pipeline.

Michael Idato Peter Allen miniseries coming soon.

Christian Bale

Christian Bale went from Dark Knight to dark nights of the soul for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings

God's instrument: Christian Bale reveled in the complexity of the role of Moses.

Michael Idato Hollywood star Christian Bale immersed himself in the character of Moses for his latest film, and discovered a complex character stricken with doubt.

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Gods, kings and eyeliner ... Joel Edgerton talks Exodus to Michael Idato

Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale in the film <i>Exodus: Gods and Kings.</i>

Michael Idato Q: When you take on Ramses the Great, do you depend on what you know about the historical figure? Or do you use more immediate cultural touchstones, such as tyrants, from the news, or more recent...

Axle Whitehead revels in Shameless role

Axle Whitehead:

Michael Idato Former Home and Away star Axle Whitehead cannot quite believe he is working alongside big stars in Hollywood.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer gives first glimpse of new instalment

'You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought': The Millennium Falcon is more beat-up than ever.

Michael Idato The release of the 88 second trailer sees a new lightsaber, a new stormtrooper and some familiar fan frenzy.

Australia's funny bone in good shape

Michael Idato Australian sketch comedies Black Comedy and Mad as Hell renew the genre in brilliant and inventive ways.

Death knell

'Broadcast' TV will be extinct by 2030, says Netflix boss

Netflix and other streaming services have been blamed for a decline in traditional TV viewing.

Michael Idato Chief executive throws down the gauntlet to the traditional television business, likening it to an ageing horse.

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Jane the Virgin star Gina Rogriguez declined stereotype lead role in Devious Maids

You're kidding me: Gina Rodriguez is mistakenly artificially inseminated in <i>Jane the Virgin</i>.

Michael Idato Critics applaud the whimsy and wit of Jane the Virgin's maiden voyage and its leading lady, Gina Rodriguez.

Stars align

Nicole Kidman to star in TV version of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies

TV project: Nicole Kidman has spent most of her life in film.

Michael Idato Nicole Kidman is to star in a new US TV adaptation of the book Big Little Lies, by Australian author Liane Moriarty.

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ABC's death by a thousand cuts the work of political bastardry

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott appears before the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 November 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Michael Idato They came to gut the national broadcaster, but instead they tore out the regional heart of Australia.

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International shows

SBS and World Movies join Stan

The Bridge Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross.

Michael Idato The new television streaming service Stan has signed a deal with SBS which will supply a library of international films and television series to the platform.

The Missing

James Nesbitt plays distraught father in chilling drama The Missing

Tough subject: James Nesbitt plays the father of a son who vanishes in <i>The Missing</i>.

Michael Idato Tackling a situation so heart-wrenching was demanding for actor James Nesbitt, but the results make compelling viewing.

Anchorman parody

Karl Stefanovic, Sandra Sully, Annabel Crabb and more 'fight to the death' in Anchorman parody

lisa wilkinson, karl stefanovic

Michael Idato It has been said Australia's television market is among the most competitive in the world but this may be the first time the ratings war has drawn actual blood.

Australia lags

Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon to double value of global streaming by 2018

Australia's not keeping up with streaming competitors? <i>Better Call Saul</i>.

Michael Idato The global streaming TV business will double in value in the next four years, new research shows.

Fashion Police

Fashion Police: Kathy Griffin to replace Joan Rivers

Kathy Griffin is a 'done deal' for <i>Fashion Police</i>, according to a report.

Michael Idato The comedian Kathy Griffin will join the US celebrity style series Fashion Police, replacing her friend and mentor, the late Joan Rivers.

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