Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

TV adaptation

SBS secures Coen brothers' Fargo, starring Billy Bob Thornton

Michael Idato The Australian television rights to the highly anticipated television adaptation of the film Fargo have been secured by SBS.

Everest

Sam Worthington signs on for high-scale drama in Everest

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Michael Idato Australian actor Sam Worthington has joined the cast of the mountainous blockbuster Everest.

Vampire Diaries

Vampire Diaries actor Claire Holt quits spin-off to return home

Claire Holt (far right) takes leave from vampire series <i>The Originals</i>.

Michael Idato It isn't an easy choice for anyone, but Australian actress Claire Holt has revealed she quit the hit The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals, because the time had come to choose family over work.

Comment

Outing of MKR's Carly and Tresne: who is pulling the strings?

Carly and Tresne.

Michael Idato The revelation about Carly and Tresne's true relationship while the series is still on air has all the hallmarks of a reality TV twist.

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Italian nun stuns becomes viral sensation after appearance on The Voice

Spreading the Word through song ... Sister Cristina Scuccia prepares to sing No One by Alicia Keys on The Voice of Italy.

Michael Idato The cliche "voice of an angel" has been worn thin by reality TV talent shows. But in the case of Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, she has a...

Sister Cristina Scuccia stuns panel on The Voice of Italy, becomes global hit online

Michael Idato The cliche "voice of an angel" has been worn thin by reality TV talent shows. But in the case of Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, she has a...

Sister Cristina Scuccia stuns panel on The Voice of Italy

Great pop voice ... Sister Cristina Scuccia stuns panel of The Voice of Italy with her version of No One by Alicia Keys.

Michael Idato The cliche "voice of an angel" has been worn thin by reality TV talent shows. But in the case of Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, she has a...

Ex-Wake Up producer Adam Boland tells Australian Story of personal struggle

Adam Boland tells <i>Australian Story</i>: 'I am desperate to find out who I am without television.'

Michael Idato Former morning television producer Adam Boland has spoken candidly about his battle with depression and how, in the aftermath of the failed launch of Ten's revamped morning line-up Wake Up and Studio...

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Riot

Rove McManus to work with Steve Carell on new game show, Riot

Rove McManus to host new US game show based on <i>Slide Show</i>.

Michael Idato Australian comedian and TV personality Rove McManus is heading to America to front a new game show for the Fox network.

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GoT movie?

Game of Thrones' George RR Martin suggests movie possibility

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Michael Idato Author George R.R. Martin says a film treatment for the hit HBO series, potentially as a concluding chapter, is on the table and being discussed.

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Star Wars

Star Wars 7 details emerge from Disney meeting

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Michael Idato The first instalment of the third trilogy of Star Wars films will start shooting in London in May, Disney has announced.

Vatican-do

Russell Crowe finally meets Pope Francis although Pontiff unlikely to watch him in Noah

Pope Francis won't watch Noah.

Michael Idato Noah star Russell Crowe had hoped for a theological discussion with the Pontiff. In the end he had to settle for a handshake.

Cold comfort

Resurrection unsettles and confounds

Resurrection

Michael Idato This be-careful-what-you-wish-for drama is a potent mystery that taps a suite of emotions.

We're only alien after all

Michael Idato Star-Crossed's universal themes make it timeless, says executive producer Adele Lim.

The sibling of NCIS

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Michael Idato NCIS: Los Angeles cast discuss how they compare to their bigger brother, NCIS.

Hawaii Five-0 rebooted

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Michael Idato The creator and stars of Hawaii Five-o explain why their remake of the 70s show is so successful.

'Sad'

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: CNN slammed over use of toy plane in MH370 coverage

CNN slammed over use of toy plane in MH370 coverage.

Michael Idato In the cutthroat world of television news, it is no surprise that the chase for ratings often takes precedence over the chase for the truth.

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ABC to screen Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show

Jimmy Fallon on his debut on <i>The Tonight Show</i> as host since Jay Leno's departure.

Michael Idato America's newly minted king of late night talk shows is joining Australia's national broadcaster.

Casting

Anthony LaPaglia and Melissa George to star in new US dramas

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Michael Idato As Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia gets set to star in a new terrorism-themed television drama, Australian actress Melissa George plans to appear in a lavish new US drama about two romantic rivals.

Mel B adds Rob Lowe sitcom to scary workload

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Michael Idato Scary Spice – aka former Spice Girl Melanie Janine Brown – is officially the busiest working woman in showbusiness.