Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine reveals the brilliantly obesessive side of Robin Williams

Garry Maddox and Michael Idato Veteran Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine has given an insight into both the brilliance and the obsessiveness of Robin Williams as they worked on three movies together. 

Celluloid ghost

Robin Williams leaves behind a handful of as-yet-unseen movies

Robin Williams in <i>Night at the Museum</i> sequel.

Michael Idato It is Hollywood's cruelest trick, that the recorded images of an actor, and the characters they have inhabited, live on long after death.

Lauren Bacall dead at 89

Lauren Bacall

Michael Idato The veteran actress has died after a massive stroke at the age of 89.

Robin Williams made two attempts on his life in his final hours

Robin Williams

Michael Idato The iconic comedian Robin Williams made two attempts on his life in his final hours, according to details released by the Marin County Sheriff's Department.

Robin Williams: Genius and madness of a man who touched us all

Robin Williams

Michael Idato He was trained formally at the Juilliard School, the prestigious American talent academy founded a century ago.

TV leak

Pussy Riot to appear in House of Cards season 3, according to production leak

House of Cards.

Michael Idato Two of the stars of the political girl band Pussy Riot, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, will appear in the third season of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama House of Cards.

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Veteran Game of Thrones actor J. J. Murphy dead at 86

Game of Thrones

Michael Idato Veteran actor J. J. Murphy has collapsed and died just four days into filming his first scenes for the iconic HBO drama Game of Thrones.


Teen Choice Awards were 'rigged', winner claims

Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner accept a Teen Choice Award.

Michael Idato Winner of most popular Vine personality tweeted he had been told six days prior to the event he had won.


Networking: Ferguson puts Labor under microscope

Sarah Ferguson from 7.30 report. (supplied by ABC)

Michael Idato ABC senior journalist Sarah Ferguson is working on a new political documentary series for the national broadcaster.

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New hit US cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine launching on SBS One

Andy?Samberg - Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Michael Idato Brooklyn Nine-Nine comes to Australian television screens - at last - with two Golden Globes, a Critics' Choice Award and an American Comedy Awards.

TV drama

Golden Globes 2014 tackles 'category fraud'

Matthew McConaughey in <i>True Detective</i>.

Michael Idato In the television awards business, it has become known as 'category fraud': submitting dramas as comedies, or series as miniseries, or vice versa.


Ten's Commonwealth Games 2014 tactics score gold


Michael Idato Ten has reaped the rewards of the relatively big expense of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Bella Heathcote to star in Jane Austen meets zombies romp

Pride and Prejudice.

Michael Idato Australian actress Bella Heathcote has been cast in the lead of one of the strangest films of the year, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

TV rights

Seven Network nets Olympic Games hat-trick with broadcast rights to 2020

Fireworks at Olympics closing ceremony (Thumbnail)

Michael Idato The Seven Network has secured the Australian broadcast rights to the Olympic Games in a deal that ensures which secures its place as the Olympic broadcaster until 2020.


Big Bang Theory stars sign new deals worth $1m per episode

New deals: three of the main actors from The Big Bang Theory will get $1 million per episode.

Michael Idato The stars of the hit television series The Big Bang Theory have signed new deals which will net them $US1 million per episode.

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Originals actress gets role in US show

Claire Holt is joining the cast of Aquarius.

Michael Idato Australian actress Claire Holt has joined the cast of an upcoming "event" series for the US network NBC, Aquarius.


A real fairy tale: Georgina Haig sparkles as Frozen's Elsa

Georgina Haig as  Elsa, the Snow Queen of Arendelle, from <i>Frozen</i> in Disney TV series <i>Once Upon a Time.</i>

Michael Idato Aussie actor Georgina Haig has been cast as the most sought-after fairytale royalty in the world, fleshing out Frozen's Snow Queen Elsa.


Real Housewives of Melbourne head for Hollywood

Gina Liano

Michael Idato Gina Liano and co are about to be unleashed on a US TV audience. The Real Housewives of Melbourne debuts there this weekend.


Review: Sharknado 2 storms to ridiculous victory

Ian Ziering: Kicking ass and not taking names.

Sarah Thomas and Michael Idato Sharknado 2: The Second One scored huge ratings and a massive response on social media.


Sharknado 2 a bona fide hit, even before airing on TV

<i>Sharknado 2</i> strikes New York shortly.

Michael Idato As sequels go, the title alone suggests it's every bit as banal and ridiculous as the first one. But here's why it's a surefire winner.