Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Jimmy Fallon drenches Chris Hemsworth in 'water war' on Tonight Show

Michael Idato In a stunt which seemed driven purely by a desire to show off Australian actor Chris Hemsworth's body in a drenched white shirt, the star of the Thor films has faced off with US talk show host Jimmy...

Expansion plans

Amazon signs Woody Allen to develop a TV comedy series

Filmmaker  Woody Allen is making a series for Amazon.

Michael Idato It is what you might call a sign of the times: the iconic filmmaker Woody Allen is developing a TV series for the Amazon streaming service.

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Twin Peaks sequel: Kyle MacLachlan confirms Agent Dale Cooper will return

Michael Idato American actor Kyle MacLachlan has confirmed he is returning to one of the defining roles of his career: Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks.

Fey, Poehler

Golden Globes 2015 hosts Tina Fey, Amy Poehler show no mercy

Golden Globes co-hosts Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler did not hold back in their final gags.

Michael Idato On their third and final outing as hosts of the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, the American comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took no prisoners as they opened the show.

Globes nominee

Golden Globes 2015 nominee Frances O'Connor says she's 'a long shot'

Frances O'Connor, centre, and James Nesbitt, right, in the series <i>The Missing</i>.

Michael Idato Golden Globe nominated Australian actress Frances O'Connor will walk onto the red carpet today with no expectations.

Better Call Saul creators confirm no Breaking Bad crossover - yet

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

Michael Idato While the star characters of Breaking Bad will not appear in season one of Vince Gilligan's new creation, they could still return to raise hell.

Television's top 10 magnificent machines

Michael Idato Whether they are simply cars or spaceships, the vehicles used by television's heroes are memorable for their design.


Golden Globes: We pick the winners in Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's final gig

Golden Globes

Michael Idato After three years delivering what we will undoubtedly look back on as the best awards night hosting ever, comedians and friends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes for the last time...

Golden Globes 2015: Australian hopefuls Frances O'Connor, Sia, The Lego Movie

lego movie

Michael Idato The biggest Australian star nominated at this year's Golden Globes isn't an actor or actress.

Paris attack

Tina Fey upset by Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris, defends freedom of speech

Michael Idato The US comedian and political satirist Tina Fey has described the Paris terror attack as 'terrible, tragic and upsetting.'

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'I went, maybe he's gay?'

Nicole Kidman reveals awful 'first date' with Jimmy Fallon - 'I went, maybe he's gay?'

Embarrassing first date ... Nicole Kidman grills Jimmy Fallon on the <i>Tonight Show</i>.

Michael Idato Australian actress Nicole Kidman left US talk show host Jimmy Fallon blushing and fumbling during an interview when she revealed the pair had gone on a disastrous "first date".

Price points

Stan, Netflix, Presto set to reshape Australia's Pay TV market

Open for business: New TV and movie streaming service Stan will exclusively  offer US comedy-drama <i>Transparent</i>, about a transgender father.

Michael Idato Will the launch of three more digital streaming services by March this year mean cut-price deals for consumers or just confusion?

Behind the Scenes

Gina and the immaculate conception

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Michael Idato Gina Rodriguez on rising to fame and the part she was born to play, Jane the Virgin.


Ruby Rose to join Orange is the New Black as Stella Carlin

Ruby Rose will play a Litchfield inmate.

Michael Idato Australian model and television presenter Ruby Rose is joining the cast of the edgy US drama series Orange is the New Black.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine gels as a typical workplace comedy

Michael Idato Brooklyn Nine-Nine producers Mike Schur and Dan Goor and actors Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher talk to Michael Idato.

No Night at the Museum without Williams

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Michael Idato Ben Stiller reveals how the Night at the Museum films may not have been made if the late Robin Williams hadn't taken on the role of Teddy Roosevelt.

TV ratings

Julia Zemiro thanked God when the ABC's 2014 New Year's Eve telecast was over

The end of a long, gruelling broadcast: ABC hosts Julia Zemiro and Toby Truslove.

Michael Idato The ABC last night farewelled a long, gruelling year with what was, at times, a long, gruelling telecast - even co-host Julia Zemiro was heard saying 'Oh, thank God' when it was over.

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