Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Networking

Michael Idato Actor Ben Mendelsohn is to star in a new drama for the online streaming service Netflix.

Cut above your average pirate

Michael Idato Action series Black Sails, a sort of pirate version of The Sopranos, is on it's way.

Adults only

Downton Abbey to get 'adult' film treatment

Michael Idato Move over, Good Will Humping: here comes the adult entertainment industry's take on Downton Abbey.

Sochi

H.G. Nelson and 'Rampaging' Roy Slaven sign with Ten to bring Russian Revolution from Sochi

Winter sports experts ... H.G. Nelson and 'Rampaging' Roy Slaven, aka Greig Pickhaver and John Doyle, are back with their entertaining take on the Olympics.

Michael Idato Sports satirists H.G. Nelson and "Rampaging" Roy Slaven are exporting their wry commentary to Russia.

M*A*S*H's shallow, awkward offspring

Michael Idato Enlisted plays more like Dad's Army with young adults, and that may be its saving grace.

Networking

McKinnon to host Nine's 'premium' foray

Michael Idato News reporter/presenter will host the network's new current affairs show, Inside Story.

Season 2

Network Ten keeps Wonderland despite soft ratings

Wonderland

Michael Idato The television drama series Wonderland has defied the odds and won itself a renewal.

Sohu

Ellen DeGeneres cracks China with her show

ellen

Michael Idato Rupert Murdoch couldn't do it. And Coca-Cola's conquest was thwarted in 2009. But when it comes to expansion into China, America's talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres has left them all in the shade.

Sex symbol

Jane Fonda's 1968 Barbarella movie to become TV remake

Jane Fonda stars in Roger Vadim's futuristic space adventure 'Barbarella'. The story is based on the comic strip created by Jean Claude Forest, 6th July 1967. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Michael Idato In 1968, the raunchy science fiction film Barbarella transformed Jane Fonda into a sex symbol. More than four decades later, it is to be remade as a television series.

Amazon

Tidelands drama to be produced by Australian company for Amazon

Michael Idato Australian television production company Hoodlum is producing a new drama series which is headed for the US online giant Amazon.

Television

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas gets US TV remake

<i>The Slap</i> that aired in Australia starred Melissa George (left) as Rosie and Anthony Hayes as husband Gary.

Michael Idato The US adaptation of the critically acclaimed Australian drama The Slap, which has been in development for more than a year, is heading into production.

Producers Guild

Oscars road: Gravity has unprecedented win at Producers Guild Awards 2014

Gravity, Sandra Bullock

Michael Idato The science fiction film Gravity has become an 11th hour frontrunner to win the Academy Award for best picture.

NBC to air live version of Peter Pan

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Film Title: Peter Pan.  
Copyright:  ? 2003 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Michael Idato The iconic story of Peter Pan is coming to television.

Spin-off

Dexter may return, says Showtime president David Nevins

Dexter

Michael Idato The critically acclaimed US drama Dexter may be exhumed from the grave.

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Crisis

Rachael Taylor to star in US drama Crisis with Gillian Anderson

Taylor

Michael Idato Australian actress Rachael Taylor is teaming up with the former star of The X Files, actress Gillian Anderson, in a new hostage thriller

Bleak film

The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie secures another Hollywood deal

Margot Robbie

Michael Idato Australian actress Margot Robbie will follow up her breakthrough performance in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street with a starring role in the highly anticipated film Z For Zachariah.

Wise guy

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Michael Idato In November this year, Leonardo DiCaprio will turn 40. Cue gasps of shock. Or not.

Networking

Michael Idato The plan to bring the hit US series Modern Family to Australia has taken its first steps.

Not enough bite in a reheated chip

Michael Idato Good television should be lean and fast. Intelligence is intriguing, but a little chubby.

Looking at real life

Michael Idato New series Looking is powerful reflection of what it means to be a gay man in a world where the gay subculture and the mainstream are slowly meshing.