Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

High notes

Sarah Brightman to sing in International Space Station

Michael Idato Be honest: how many times have you said, I wish someone would just blast that Sarah Brightman into space?

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson suspended by BBC over 'fracas'

Suspended: <i>Top Gear</i> host Jeremy Clarkson.

Michael Idato The BBC says it has suspended Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial host of the popular motoring program Top Gear, after he became involved in a "fracas" with a producer.

Vale Stuart Wagstaff

Stuart Wagstaff, legendary Australian entertainer, dies aged 90

Stuart Wagstaff in 2002, when he was performing in <i>Oliver</i>.

Michael Idato One of Australia's best known showbusiness identities, a star of television and the stage, died peacefully at Castlecrag Private Hospital.

Cultures clash on the Red Road

Hard decisions: Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) is a good-natured cop, but he has never realised his dreams.

Michael Idato A small-town mystery aims to show a different kind of America, revealing dark secrets as layers of relationships are peeled back.

Foxtel's Red Wedding?

HBO signs Apple TV deal allowing greater access to Game of Thrones

All choked up: HBO is making moves that could remove the monopoly Foxtel has over <i>Game of Thrones</i>' screening in Australia, albeit unauthorised.

Michael Idato A wedding between Apple and HBO may 'reinvent the way you watch television' for US watchers, but for Australians it may also reinvent how they nick Game of Thrones.

Sam Simon dead: co-creator of The Simpsons loses cancer battle

Sam Simon (left), pictured with US game show host and fellow Sea Shepherd supporter Bob Barker, has died after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012.

Michael Idato Sam Simon, the co-creator of the iconic animated series The Simpsons, has died.

Networking: From anarchy to executioner, Sutter writes new plot

Too close: <i>Bondi Vet</i> has been awarded the Parents' Choice Awards in the US.

Michael Idato Lee Jones leads cast in The Bastard Executioner.


Neighbours 30th anniversary: 10 strangest moments on Ramsay Street

Ian Smith plays Harold in <i<Neighbours</i>.

Michael Idato Despite Neighbours being fixated on the everyday life of ordinary Australian families, it has had its odd moments.

30th anniversary

Neighbours marks its 30th anniversary: from struggling soap to bona fide hit

Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue) get married in Neighbours.

Michael Idato It's the longest running drama in Australian TV history, and nobody can take that away from it. Well, unless it's cancelled.

Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Top 10 reasons this trailer is the best

Did Iron Man gain some weight? New Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer gives fans more to feast on.

Michael Idato The new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, officially the third trailer, provides the best glimpse yet into what is coming.

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Special event

Spectrum Now 2015: Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor to visit Australia

Tambor after his Golden Globes win.

Michael Idato Transparent star and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor is to visit Australia to appear at The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now festival.

'Spocking a five'

Leonard Nimoy tribute: Canadians deface banknotes with Spock pictures

Defaced: Leonard Nimoy sketched on a bank note.

Michael Idato Canadians are honouring Leonard Nimoy by defacing banknotes.

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Success story

The Sound of Music turns 50: Why critics ate their words

Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

Michael Idato As anyone who watched the Oscars telecast now knows, The Sound of Music has just turned 50.

Netflix confirms Australian launch date of March 24; House of Cards and Frozen to headline


Michael Idato The long-awaited local launch of TV and film streaming service Netflix has been confirmed for March 24.

Slow stream

House of Cards season 3 piracy booms in countries without Netflix

Frank Underwood is president, what does he make of fans trying to cheat the system to watch <i>House of Cards</i>' new season early?

Michael Idato Illicit downloads of House of Cards' new season has spiked in countries without Netflix. See how Australia fared.

Networking: Ed Oxenbould, Melissa George land new US dramas

New pilot: Melissa George.

Michael Idato Melissa George has landed a role in a new US medical drama, Heart Matters.

Australian actors streak into the lead as Hollywood casts TV pilot season

Melissa George has been cast in <i>Heart Matters</i>, a medical drama based on the life of a real heart surgeon.

Michael Idato Hollywood's "pilot season" is barely under way and Australian actors have grabbed many of the roles in the crop of new shows.

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek, dies aged 83

Leonard Nimoy won a worshipful global following as Mr Spock on <i>Star Trek</i>.

Michael Idato Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and...

Crime thrillers offer subtle drama

<i>Fortitude</i>: from left - Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston.

Michael Idato Fortitude and Broadchurch are some of the most compelling television programs to watch.

Never-ending story

The Bold and the Beautiful: Network Ten signs 'lifetime' deal

<i>The Bold and the Beautiful</i> deal effectively locks the series to Ten indefinitely.

Michael Idato Network Ten has signed an historic 'lifetime' deal to retain Australian rights to the US daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.