Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

40-week TV ratings war begins

Michael Idato The television calendar year – a 40-week unrelenting ratings war that starts in February – kicks off much the same way every year: hopelessly derivative, seemingly self-cannibalising and...

Sony hack

Sony hack: Amy Pascal steps down, gets four-year golden handshake

Amy Pascal, co-chairwoman of Sony, has resigned after Sony hack scandal.

Michael Idato Amy Pascal, the Sony Pictures boss who found herself at the centre of the media firestorm over emails leaked when the studio's computers were hacked, has stepped down.

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Rebooting a classic

Poltergeist being remade as Fox and MGM unveil trailer

Sam Rockwell to star in <i>Poltergeist</i> remake.

Michael Idato More than three decades after the iconic line, 'They're here', a trailer has been unveiled for a remake.


Baz Luhrmann moves into TV with The Get Down for Netflix

TV move ... Luhrmann and Martin at the premiere of The Great Gatsby in 2013.

Michael Idato Australian film director Baz Luhrmann is moving into television. The 52-year-old director, whose film credits include Strictly Ballroom, Romeo+Juliet, Australia and The Great Gatsby, is producing a...

From Don Pasquale to The Sullivans: Australian acting great Norman Yemm dead, aged 81

Incredible career ... Norman Yemm played Australian rules for VFA club Port Melbourne, became one of the principal baritones for the Australian Opera Company and then became a household name on television series such as Homicide and The Sullivans.

Michael Idato Though Yemm's career cut an unlikely swathe through the worlds of opera, musical theatre and Australian Rules football, he will be best remembered for roles in several iconic TV series including...

Q&A: Producer Sarah Treem on award-winning drama The Affair

Michael Idato Creator and producer of The Affair, Sarah Treem, talks to Michael Idato.

How to Get Away with Murder: Viola Davis prefers moral ambiguity

Viola Davis enjoys the fact that her character takes her out of her comfort zone and was drawn to the role because of the quality of the material.

Michael Idato Crime series has a mystery at its heart - but not the one you might think.

Linney as Highsmith

Laura Linney to play Patricia Highsmith in Australian play Switzerland

Laura Linney will take on the role of Patricia Highsmith in Joanna Murray-Smith's <i>Switzerland</i>.

Michael Idato Laura Linney is set to star in the Australian play Switzerland at LA's prestigious Geffen Playhouse.

Standalone story

Oscar nominated Felicity Jones to lead Star Wars spin-off movie

Actress Felicity Jones to star in <i>Star Wars</i> spin-off film.

Michael Idato Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones has been named as one of the stars of a new standalone Star Wars movie.

Tricky scenes

Fifty Shades of Grey: Sex scenes make up one fifth of raunchy movie

Erotic scenes: The film <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> is based on the bestselling book.

Michael Idato It may startle even the most open-minded cinemagoer that the sex scenes account for roughly 20 minutes of the film's 100-minute running time.

Modern classic

Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird gets a sequel

Michael Idato More than five decades after To Kill A Mockingbird was published, the iconic novel it is to get a sequel.

Harper Lee to release second novel 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee receiving the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.

Michael Idato More than five decades after To Kill A Mockingbird was published, the iconic novel is to get a sequel.

Classics return

David Duchovny keen to reprise roles in Twin Peaks, The X Files

Return ... David Duchovny would relish the chance to star in the planned new series of <i>Twin Peaks</i>.

Michael Idato With plans under way to revive both the iconic David Lynch drama Twin Peaks and 1990s Fox hit The X Files, US actor David Duchovny is living proof of the saying "it never rains but it pours".

Birdman sweeps LA AACTA Awards as Chris Hemsworth named G'Day LA honouree

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth at the 2015 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala.

Michael Idato The Oscar campaign for the critically acclaimed film Birdman has accelerated, with the film taking out four of the seven awards at the 4th annual AACTA Awards.

Matthew Perry's 'odd' new role

?Pilot? -- THE ODD COUPLE stars Matthew Perry as endearing slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger, two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages.  Pictured left to right: Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS?2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved Matthew Perry (as Oscar Madison) and Thomas Lennon (as Felix Unger) in the new TV series The Odd Couple. Airs on Ten, 2015. *FIRST USE SUN-HERALD TV LIFTOUT.*Click to play video

Michael Idato Friends star Matthew Perry discusses his reboot of classic comedy The Odd Couple.

ABC comedy The Strange Calls to get US remake, but who will take Barry Crocker role?

The Strange Calls

Michael Idato Donald Sutherland among candidates for American adaptation of series that's been talked about as a 'horror comedy' or comedic spin on The X-Files.

Tyler Ritter inherits the comedic gene

Michael Idato Son of late comic John Ritter, Tyler stars in the new American sitcom The McCarthys.

Q&A with Gene Simmons

Michael Idato Kiss band-member and aspiring TV talent judge Gene Simmons talks to Michael Idato.

Better Call Saul creators explain why they couldn't resist a prequel to Breaking Bad

'Crazy tonne of overlap': Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul, sees the connections between the two shows.

Michael Idato The single most challenging thing about the highly anticipated new drama series Better Call Saul is something over which its creators, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, have no control: the umbilical...


Long running Survivor lives up to its name

Michael Idato Survivor pushes into its 30th season with host Jeff Probst revealing that the relaxed attitude of its Aussie crew members have rubbed off in a good way on their US counterparts.