Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Winds of Winter

Game of Thrones' George RR Martin skips Comic-Con to finish next book Winds of Winter

Michael Idato The author announced via his blog he will instead be focusing on writing the next book, Winds of Winter.

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Apple takes on Foxtel, Comcast, Time-Warner in pay-TV business

Screen grab ... Apple is launching a foray into the increasingly crowded pay TV market.

Michael Idato Apple is gearing up to take on pay TV giants including Foxtel.

Emmys ruling

Emmys 2015: Shameless, Jane the Virgin and Glee ruled as comedies

Michael Idato The one-hour comedy/dramas Shameless, Jane the Virgin and Glee will be permitted to submit as comedies at this year's Emmy Awards.

Victorian drama

BBC's Sherlock sends Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman back in time

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in <i>Sherlock</i>'s upcoming Christmas episode.

Michael Idato Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are going back in time to author Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian era.

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Too furious

Justin Bieber roast: Late Paul Walker jokes to be cut from telecast

The late Paul Walker in <i>Furious 7</i>.

Michael Idato Jokes about the death of actor Paul Walker, who starred in The Fast and The Furious film franchise, will be cut from the Justin Bieber 'roast' which was filmed in Los Angeles at the weekend.

Justin Bieber dubbed the 'King Joffrey of pop' at Comedy Central Roast

Justin Bieber speaks onstage at the Comedy Central Roast.

Michael Idato Friends, Beliebers, countrymen, lend me your ears. They came to bury Justin, not to praise him.

Q&A: Lord Michael Dobbs discusses adapting his political thriller House of Cards for Netflix

Michael Dobbs: 'I think the new series will stand the test of time as well, if not better than the first.'

Michael Idato Michael Idato speaks to House of Cards author and British politician Lord Michael Dobbs, whose book was the basis for the UK and the US TV series.

Going rogue

Disney's first stand-alone Star Wars film titled Rogue One, but studio silent on plot details

Following in Princess Leia's footsteps: British actress Felicity Jones is the only confirmed actor signed on for Disney's new Star Wars film, <em>Rogue One</em>.

Michael Idato The first standalone Star Wars film will be titled Rogue One, but other details are thin on the ground.

Reheating Frozen

Frozen sequel announced by Disney, named Frozen 2, will see Elsa and Anna return

Back for a sequel: Elsa and Anna from the original <i>Frozen</i>.

Michael Idato The US studio Disney has announced plans for Frozen 2, the long awaited sequel to the blockbuster animated film.

Networking: Heath Ledger's prize for young actors

Michael Idato News and views from the entertainment world.

Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor talks about fear, fame and playing transgender

Jeffrey Tambor's latest role has had a huge impact.

Michael Idato Why Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor will always be grateful to the transgender community.

Dud delivery

Breaking Bad: Vince Gilligan berates pizza-throwing fans

It'll take more than a pizza ... Skyler (Anna Gunn) and Walter (Bryan Cranston) try to work things out.

Michael Idato Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has begged fans to stop throwing pizzas onto the roof of Walter White's Albuquerque home featured in the TV series.

Jeremy Clarkson suspension: online petition calls for return of BBC's Top Gear presenter

Suspended for altercation with Top Gear producer ... controversial television presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

Michael Idato An online petition calling for the return of suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is heading towards securing half a million signatures.

Rocky times

San Andreas trailer: The Earth moves for The Rock, and everyone else too

Rock solid: Dwayne Johnson stars in <i>San Andreas</i> as a rescue helicopter pilot who needs to save his family after

Michael Idato The new trailer for the shot-on-the-Gold Coast disaster pic San Andreas promises devastation on an epic scale.

High notes

Sarah Brightman to sing in International Space Station

It'll be a blast ... Sarah Brightman will be the first professional singer to perform in space.

Michael Idato Be honest: how many times have you said, I wish someone would just blast that Sarah Brightman into space?

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson suspended by BBC over 'fracas'

Suspended: <i>Top Gear</i> host Jeremy Clarkson.

Michael Idato The BBC says it has suspended Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial host of the popular motoring program Top Gear, after he became involved in a "fracas" with a producer.

Vale Stuart Wagstaff

Stuart Wagstaff, legendary Australian entertainer, dies aged 90

Stuart Wagstaff in 2002, when he was performing in <i>Oliver</i>.

Michael Idato One of Australia's best known showbusiness identities, a star of television and the stage, died peacefully at Castlecrag Private Hospital.

Cultures clash on the Red Road

Hard decisions: Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) is a good-natured cop, but he has never realised his dreams.

Michael Idato A small-town mystery aims to show a different kind of America, revealing dark secrets as layers of relationships are peeled back.

Foxtel's Red Wedding?

HBO signs Apple TV deal allowing greater access to Game of Thrones

All choked up: HBO is making moves that could remove the monopoly Foxtel has over <i>Game of Thrones</i>' screening in Australia, albeit unauthorised.

Michael Idato A wedding between Apple and HBO may 'reinvent the way you watch television' for US watchers, but for Australians it may also reinvent how they nick Game of Thrones.

Sam Simon dead: co-creator of The Simpsons loses cancer battle

Sam Simon (left), pictured with US game show host and fellow Sea Shepherd supporter Bob Barker, has died after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 2012.

Michael Idato Sam Simon, the co-creator of the iconic animated series The Simpsons, has died.