Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Close to the edge

Golden Globes 2016: Ricky Gervais as host is crude, rude and very nearly off the rails

Michael Idato The measure of any awards show host is revealed in the opening volley. It's a love affair with the audience which is won or lost in a moment.

Awards season is here

Golden Globes 2016: Who will win the most important awards?

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson (right) in Room.

Michael Idato Michael Idato predicts the winners in seven key categories in film and television

Making a Murderer review: Netflix series is this summer's soaring TV hit

Michael Idato You need to be watching this - it's hands-on-your-ears, eyes-closed, scream-out-loud brilliant.

Sisterly love

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler talk sisterhood, women in comedy and the death of dinosaurs

Amy Poehler (Maura Ellis) and Tina Fey (Kate Ellis) in Sisters.

Michael Idato In their new comedy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play sisters who peaked in high school and wish they could go back. It's not, the pair admit, a scenario drawn from their real lives.

Lightning conductor

Gael Garcia Bernal takes Mozart back to the jungle

Gael Garcia Bernal plays conductor Rodrigo De Souza in Mozart in the Jungle.

Michael Idato It isn't difficult to grasp the majesty and power of the orchestra's conductor.

From Brady Bunch to Dallas, the madly, badly, or weirdly recast

Barbara Bell Geddes as Miss Ellie in <i>Dallas</i>.

Michael Idato Michael Idato lists his top eight television characters who were madly, badly, or weirdly recast.

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The Missing review: a devastating combination of Frances O'Connor and James Nesbitt

Michael Idato Why this TV drama will impact you profoundly, although it's far from easy viewing.

Downloading growth

Game of Thrones and Interstellar top piracy lists as unauthorised sharing booms

In this image released by HBO, Tyrion Lannister, portrayed by Peter Dinklage, appears in a scene from season four of

Michael Idato The entertainment industry's war on unauthorised media sharing did not stop millions more fans joining in.

River Song returns to Doctor Who universe in Christmas Special episode

Alex Kingston as River Song and Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in the 2015 <i>Doctor Who</i> Christmas special.

Michael Idato A look back on the evolution of the classic British TV series as the ninth season comes to an end.

Sherlock screenwriter Steven Moffat says Holmes at home in different eras

Elementary: Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman in Sherlock.

Michael Idato When screenwriter Steven Moffat launched his Sherlock Holmes reboot, it came with inevitable questions connected to the character's long literary and cinematic lineage.

The kitchen goddess Nigella Lawson returns to the screen with Simply Nigella

Nigella Lawson:

Michael Idato Cooking should be pleasurable, but above all food has to be good on the table, celebrity cook says.

Getting On shows a healthy disregard for comedic conventions

The US version of <i>Getting On</i> stars, from left, Niecy Nash, Laurie Metcalf and Alex Borstein.

Michael Idato Add a drop of drama to comedy and the results can be devastating.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Ten things we loved about the new movie (and a few we didn't)

Daisy Ridley, right, as Rey, and BB-8, in a scene from <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>.

Michael Idato From the new villain Kylo Ren to the healthy dose of nostalgia, here's what we loved (and didn't love) in the new film.

Sylvia Anderson makes a Thunderbirds comeback

Great Aunt Sylvia in Thunderbirds are Go!

Michael Idato She was The Thunderbirds original Lady Penelope and now Sylvia Anderson is back in the cult kids series, but in a very differerent role.

Golden Globes

Golden Globes analysis: predicting winners won't be easy in a remarkably broad field

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Michael Idato The final tally for the annual Golden Globe Awards exposes the complex "campaign" machinery behind Hollywood's "awards season".

The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 11 plot theories debated and rated

Theories about <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> abound, but some are more plausible than others.

Michael Idato One little Star Wars film, and 1 million theories. Welcome to the guessing game which will keep fans of the Star Wars franchise debating outlandish theories until the first frames of the new film,...

Adam Driver's Kylo Ren unmasked as real star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There has never been a character quite like Kylo Ren in  <i>Star Wars</i>.

Michael Idato Despite having barely more than a few minutes revealed in trailers, and very little of the plot detail released for discussion or digestion, the new Star Wars movie The Force Awakens has already...

Science fiction action

Into The Badlands offers a bleak, but action-packed future

Daniel Wu plays Sunny, the regent to a powerful baron in <i>Into the Badlands</i>.

Michael Idato The world has changed, America is split into rival factions, but roaming the Badlands is a soldier who just might be able to bring it all together. Welcome to Into The Badlands.

Unpredictable second season of Transparent is still a cut above the rest

Michael Idato Jill Soloway's award-winning series had a lot to live up to after its acclaimed first season. The second broadens its scope while keeping viewers guessing.

Why JJ Abrams kept the Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot so secret

JJ Abrams has chosen to let out as little as possible on the film.

Michael Idato Though it seems like we have been inundated with footage from the upcoming seventh instalment of the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, in fact we have been privy to very little.