Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

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.


Golden Globes 2015: Third time lucky for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Michael Idato Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the American comedians whose hosting duties at the Golden Globe awards have won them almost universal acclaim for two years running, will return for a third time.

Werewolf woman busts the myth

Michael Idato Things that go bump in the night have stitched themselves into the fabric of our entertainment.

Philip Seymour Hoffman death: Four arrested in New York drug raid

Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Michael Idato New York police have arrested four people on drug charges connected to the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Puberty Blues

Puberty Blues star Isabelle Cornish to star in Sea of Fire

Michael Idato Puberty Blues star Isabelle Cornish has hit the ground running in Hollywood.

Live Another Day

Australian actress Judy Davis quits 24 reboot

Judy Davis.

Michael Idato Australian actress Judy Davis has quit the reboot of the US action series 24.

Super Bowl

Coca-Cola stirs up 'race' storm with Super Bowl ad


Michael Idato Sometimes when you're a billion dollar multi-national company, you just can't win.


Super Bowl 2014: Not quite snow-stopper as record numbers watched on

Snow covered stadium for Super Bowl and Bruno Mars.

Michael Idato The city of New Jersey discovered this morning how close it came to hosting the Snow Bowl.