Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

The Force continues

Han Solo to star in second standalone Star Wars film, Lucasfilm confirms

Michael Idato Yes, that's right, another Star Wars movie.

Cara Delevingne's disappearing act in Paper Towns

Cara Delevingne as Margo Roth Spiegelman and Nat Wolff as Quentin Jacobsen in the film <i>Paper Towns</i>.

Michael Idato The model-turned-actor is not as she appears, in person or in character, for her latest film.

Networking: New dawning for Aquarius

AQUARIUS -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: David Duchovny as Hodiak -- (Photo by: Jim Fiscus/NBC) Aquarius TV series, David Duchovny

Michael Idato A new season of a crime thriller and Doctor Who heading to Australia. It's been a big week for television.

Angry big wig

Donald Trump returns fire over racist remark backlash with a US$500 million lawsuit

Happier times: Donald Trump with Australian Miss Universe winner Jennifer Hawkins in 2004

Michael Idato Trump is suing TV networks that dropped his shows, saying they are required to air Miss Universe.

Paris is furious

Paris Hilton to sue producers of horrifying plane prank TV show: reports

Paris Hilton

Michael Idato The American socialite Paris Hilton intends to sue the producers of a TV program which subjected her to a prank in which she was made to think a plane she was on was crashing.

US network NBC fires Donald Trump as backlash over offensive remarks worsens

You're fired ... US Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump has been booted off NBC for his racist comments against Mexicans.

Michael Idato If they taught it at business school, it might be called how to destroy your TV career in seven easy words.

'Not cool'

Paris Hilton pranked by TV show, subjected to horrifying simulated plane crash

Paris Hilton has been tricked into thinking she was in a crashing plane on a TV show.

Michael Idato What followed is genuinely harrowing, and taps into one of the most pervading passenger fears of the modern aviation age.

Zoo TV show: When animals bite back

Michael Idato Like most big concepts, the television series Zoo began with a very small moment. A handful of unrelated news reports about strange animal behaviour.

From Sweden with love

Michael Idato Lawyer-turned-comedian Greg Poehler 's comedy hit, Welcome to Sweden, is very close to home, he says.

World is watching

NCIS, The Bold and the Beautiful, How I Met Your Mother are world's most watched TV shows

Jacob Young and Karla Mosley, stars of <i>The Bold and the Beautiful</i> in Monte Carlo.

Michael Idato In the race to the top of the ratings ladder, few mantles matter more than 'most watched TV show in the world'.

Oz on top

Australians Frances O'Connor and Anthony Hayes win top acting awards at Monte Carlo TV Festival

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 18:  (L-R) Tcheky Karyo and Frances O'Connor attend the closing ceremony of the 55th Monte-Carlo Television Festival on June 18, 2015, in Monaco.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Michael Idato Two Australians dominated the action categories in Monte Carlo as the world's most watched TV programs were awarded.

Equal rights

Patricia Arquette on equality, visibility and the 'incredible' reaction to her Oscar speech

Actress Patricia Arquette poses after receiving a

Michael Idato 'A woman told me her boss pulled her in the next morning and gave her a raise,' the Boyhood star says after receiving the Crystal Nymph award in Monte Carlo.

CSI: Cyber enters the 'crime 2.0' world

Michael Idato James Van Der Beek was 'blissfully unaware of the depth of what goes on in the cyber world' before taking on the role of an FBI agent in the latest offering of the popular CSI franchise.

Dinosaurs rule

Jurassic World explodes at box office to set record as biggest ever film opening

Nick Robinson as Zach and Ty Simpkins as Gray in <i>Jurassic World</i>, directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Michael Idato In an age when superheroes rule the big screen, it takes a dinosaur to re-write the box office balance sheet.

Actress Poppy Montgomery leads the Aussie charge at the 55th annual Monte Carlo TV Festival

Australian actress Poppy Montgomery takes to the red carpet at the 55th Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monaco on Saturday.

Michael Idato Australian actress Poppy Montgomery has led the charge for Australia onto the red carpet at the 55th annual Monte Carlo Television Festival.

CSI heads into cyberspace

Patricia Arquette says her new series <i>CSI: Cyber</i> gives her the chance to make a statement about gender.

Michael Idato With an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award on her mantle, television seems a slightly unlikely place to find the actress Patricia Arquette.

Mad Men farewelled

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Michael Idato The cast of the show and it's creator on how it feels to say goodbye to Mad Men after eight years.

'Dark Matter' shines a light on humanity

<i>Dark Matter</i> explores the story of six characters who wake up on a spacecraft with no memory of their past.

Michael Idato Science fiction is heading back into space with an ambitious new TV series.

Ruby Rose joins the Orange is the New Black crew

Michael Idato Her role in the US prison drama Orange is the New Black is a dream come true for former Foxtel presenter Ruby Rose.

David Duchovny's 60s cop drama Aquarius investigates Charles Manson

David Duchovny plays LAPD sergeant Sam Hodiak in <i>Aquarius</i>.

Michael Idato Before David Duchovny reprises his role in The X-Files, he takes on Charles Manson in 1960s drama Aquarius.