Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Fantastic plastic

Heath Ledger's Joker immortalised in Lego

Michael Idato Heath Ledger's stunning performance as Batman's iconic nemesis The Joker has been immortalised in Lego.


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 dramas Dig and Tyrant flee Gaza violence

Disrupted ... Ashraf Barhom, who plays Jamal in Tyrant, one of the programs forced to relocate.

Michael Idato The escalating conflict in Gaza has forced two US television dramas to shift production out of the region.

Series return

Fargo returns with fresh location and cast

Breakout ... Alison Tolman in the first series of Fargo.

Michael Idato The second season of the critically acclaimed US drama series Fargo will feature a new setting, and a new cast.

Jail fashion

Orange is the New Black sparks prison jumpsuit change in US

Fashion statement ... Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black.

Michael Idato Apparently Orange is the new Black has sparked a fashion trend that is potentially confusing people about who belongs behind bars.

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Gus Worland gets in shape for The Marathon Man

Third series: Josh Thomas will return for another helping of <i>Please Like Me</i>.

Michael Idato Australian radio personality Gus Worland will be the subject of a new documentary series, The Marathon Man, in which Worland hopes to transform from "an overweight, unhealthy couch potato to a lean,...


Halle Berry's on the lookout for strong female roles

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Michael Idato Halle Berry on why the rise of quality TV has offered her another avenue for finding good stories and good roles to play.


Axle Whitehead lands US Shameless, as Sarah Snook pilot gets lifeline

Axle Whitehead.

Michael Idato This former Home and Away hunk and this Aussie sweetheart make inroads in the US.

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Extant's Halle Berry joins long line of sexy women in space

Halle Berry in Extant.

Michael Idato Space may or may not be curved but the leading female astronauts in sci-fi television invariably are.


House Husbands will be re-made in France and Italy

Parlez-vous fran├žais? Gary Sweet and Rachel Griffiths in <i>House Husbands</i>, which will be remade in France and Italy.

Michael Idato Channel Nine's hit family drama about four stay-at-home dads and their families is going global.

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Eddie Cahill on the secrets of Stephen King's Under The Dome

Enigmatic: Eddie Cahill plays Sam in Under The Dome.

Michael Idato He's playing yet another of the mysteries that plague Under The Dome, but as Eddie Cahill explains, sometimes not knowing what's going on is lots of fun.


Emmy Awards boss under fire for 'category fraud'

William H Macy

Michael Idato The Emmy chief is forced to answer questions over the confusing categories for the awards coming up in August.


Katherine Heigl: 'I don't see myself as difficult'

Katherine Heigl

Michael Idato Katherine Heigl is quizzed over her 'difficult' reputation while promoting new show State of Affairs.

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Josh Thomas comedy Please Like Me breaks new ground in US


Michael Idato Australian comedian Josh Thomas asked a simple question with his comedy series Please Like Me. He has his answer: they do.

Home and Away actor Luke Mitchell signs on to big-budget Members Only series

Luke Mitchell

Michael Idato Australian actor Luke Mitchell has signed on to a new big-budget network drama in the US.

Emmy snub leaves Sons of Anarchy producer wanting to kill puppies

Sons of Anarchy

Michael Idato Television producer Kurt Sutter, whose critically acclaimed biker drama Sons of Anarchy was one of many outstanding shows overlooked by the Emmy Awards, has described his reaction as one of...

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl blasts TV talent shows

Musician Dave Grohl, director of

Michael Idato TV talent shows - and their value to the music industry - has been a point of debate for years. Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl's point of view is very clear: they're not much chop.


Emmys 2014: TV's top awards need to lift their game

Done and dusted: <i>Breaking Bad</i>.

Michael Idato The 66th Emmy award nominations overlook brilliant game-changing TV for tired staples.

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Emmy Awards: List of nominees in key categories

Up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series ... Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in 'Game of Thrones'.

Michael Idato A list of nominations in key categories.

Surprise snubs

'The Good Wife' not good enough as Emmy Award nominations reveal surprise snubs

This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right in a scene from

Michael Idato This year's list of nominees is notable not for who appears in it, but who does not.