Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Sharknado 3: Bo Derek ready for the mother of all comebacks

Michael Idato The '70s siren is making a schlocky comeback - and she can't wait.

Touching, confronting

I Am Cait first look: Caitlyn Jenner's series a touching contrast to Kardashians

Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner finally meet in real life.

Michael Idato Reality has come to reality TV, and the result is as compelling as it is revealing.

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She's back

Nine reasons the Xena: Warrior Princess reboot should make you go Ayayayaya!

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Michael Idato There is a grain of genius in the madness with a reboot of Xena, the so-called 'Warrior Princess' whose values were courage, strength and general fabulousness.

Networking: Trump, Sherlock and more in a big week for TV industry

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in <i>Sherlock</i>.

Michael Idato From Trump's huge payday to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for TV makers, here's what's happening in the television world this week.

Emmy snubs

Emmys 2015: The biggest snubs

Lena Dunham's 'Girls' is a shock omission from the 2015 Emmy nominations.

Michael Idato Yet again, the Emmy nominations are almost more noteworthy for the shows and performers they have ignored as for those they have acknowledged.

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Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations in a year with a surprise twist

Game of Thrones received 24 nominations at this year's Emmy awards.

Michael Idato A shift in the rules which govern eligibility for Hollywood's most prestigious television award, the Emmy, has widened the field but, in a surprise twist, seen some of TV's best cut out of of...

How did that get out there?

Comic-Con video leaks cause headaches for studios, as US media call out the streaming ban as archaic

'I'm fine' ... Harrison Ford.

Michael Idato 2015 will be remembered as the year piracy came to Comic-Con. Will the studios keep up?


Inside the Star Wars Comic-Con video: a shot by shot breakdown of clues, hints and plot details

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Michael Idato A new behind-the-scenes video is full of easter eggs. Here they are, shot by shot.

Nerd alert

Comic-Con draws to a close after four days of movies, costumes, zombies and Star Wars

Star Wars enthusiasts wear costumes resembling what they say are three

Michael Idato Superman v Batman vied for buzz with Star Wars at the four day geek-out.

Game of Thrones cast tight-lipped over Jon Snow at Comic-Con

Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in <i>Game of Thrones</i>.

Michael Idato Jon Snow's fate was the hottest topic of conversation at Comic-Con, even if the cast remained tight-lipped.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel sends fans into meltdown at Comic-Con


Michael Idato Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill open up about returning to the iconic franchise in one of the convention's most anticipated events.

Mind palace

Sherlock to stream on Australian service Stan in exclusive deal announced at Comic-Con

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as they will appear in <i>Sherlock</i> special.

Michael Idato The highly anticipated Sherlock television special will be fast-tracked in Australia to the streaming service Stan.

Supergirl, Game of Thrones, Mockingjay, Doctor Who: Comic-Con's 8 biggest things

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Michael Idato The convention floor may spread far into the distance, with toys, comic books and fans in costume as far as the eye can see, but the annual geekfest Comic-Con always boils down to a handful of big...

US talk show host Conan O'Brien roars into Comic-Con, Mad Max-style

Showman ... Conan O'Brien is hosting his show for four nights from geekfest Comic-Con in San Diego.

Michael Idato US talk show host Conan O'Brien roared into San Diego's annual geekfest Comic-Con on board a battle car from Mad Max: Fury Road.

Search for a captain

Seeking a young Harrison Ford: Hollywood's search for the new Han Solo begins

Space experience: Chris Pratt looks like a strong possibility to play a young Han Solo in the second standalone <i>Star Wars</i> movie.

Michael Idato Wanted: one actor, preferably under 30 but there's a little give, to play a smuggler captain who will, one day, grow up and look awfully like Indiana Jones.

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Geek week

Comic-Con kicks off with Aussie stars and buzz for Star Wars, Batman vs Superman and Lego

Conic-Con commences: What began as a haven for geeks has become one of Hollywood's biggest marketing tools.

Michael Idato Though it was born as a bona fide comic book convention in 1970 - a pastime which still commands a chunk of the convention floorspace to this day - Comic-Con has become one of the most important...

Networking: Mr Burns lives on as show agrees to Harry Shearer's demands

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Michael Idato Eurovision gets a new home, a Simpsons star rejoins the fold and much more.

And again!

Stockholm named as host city for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Polina Gagarina representing Russia in 2015 eurovision.

Michael Idato Stockholm has been named as the host city for the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest.In keeping with the competition's long-standing tradition, the winning country hosts the event the following year.

Mariska Hargitay faces the challenges on screen and off

Mariska Hargitay's character was a woman who was defining feminine strength long before the so-called present golden age of prime-time television.

Michael Idato American television's pantheon of prime-time goddesses is, by some accounts, a modern construct.

Please explain

Aussie TV boss Gordon Elliott swept up in Paula Deen race row

Michael Idato US-based Australian television producer Gordon Elliott has been swept up in a second race scandal involving the high-profile star of one of his shows, the American television chef Paula Deen.