Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


Home and Away's Luke Bracey to star in Point Break remake

The next Patrick Swayze? Luke Bracey to star in <i>Point Break</i>.

Michael Idato Australian actor Luke Bracey's Hollywood star is on the rise. The 24-year-old has just secured his second major Hollywood film role in as many weeks.


INXS kicks on Seven's ratings domination

INXS band member Tim Farriss speaking about Michael Hutchence's (inset) last days on <i>Sunday Night</i>.

Michael Idato Australia's appetite for the iconic band INXS and the key players in its story continued unabated last night, with 1.


Nelson Mandela's daughters to attend Oscars

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Michael Idato Nelson and Winnie Mandela's daughters will attend the Oscars ceremony to see U2 perform their song from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.


Days of our Lives returns to Australian TV

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Michael Idato For fans of the long-running American daytime soap opera Days of our Lives, the cliffhanger that began when the Nine Network axed the series last year after 45 years of continuous broadcast in...

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Vale Maria

Maria, the last of the real-life von Trapp children, dead

Maria von Trapp, daughter of Austrian Baron Georg von Trapp,   at the Villa Trapp  in Salzburg, Austria in 2008.

Michael Idato The last of the real-life von Trapp children on whom The Sound of Music was based is dead. She was 99.

Stone dead and dead funny

Sacha Horler and Darren Gilshenan in The Moodys

Michael Idato In television, everything old is new again. Nothing says ''ooh, look, what a smart idea'' like an old idea rolled back through the flour and given another go in the creative deep-fryer known as the...

Will 'The Good Wife' have a happy ending?

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Michael Idato Stars of The Good Wife discuss whether Alicia could ever truly find happiness.

Rebel Wilson's struggling Super Fun Night faces judgment day

Rebel Wilson in Super Fun Night

Michael Idato The US studio Warner Bros is expected to make a decision soon about the future of Australian actress Rebel Wilson's comedy series Super Fun Night.

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Australian actor Don Hany is back playing doctor

Don Hany was well-loved as Dr Chris Havel in <i>Offspring</i>.

Michael Idato The exodus of Australian actors bound for Hollywood continues unabated with confirmation that the US network ABC has signed Australian actor Don Hany as the lead in a new medical drama, Warriors.

Elementary stars on relationships

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Michael Idato Elementary stars Lucy Liu and Aidan Quinn discuss where Watson and Gregson's feelings toward Sherlock are heading in season two.


Bette Midler to perform at Academy Awards for first time

Debut ... 68-year-old singer and actress Bette Midler will perform at the Academy Awards for the first time.

Michael Idato The iconic Bette Midler will perform for the first time at the Academy Awards this year.


Australian actor Hugh Jackman.

Michael Idato Hugh Jackman will return to host Broadway's answer to the Oscars for a fourth time.

Heaven-sent sci-fi toys with politics


Michael Idato Star-Crossed is a sort of Mr Spock-omeo and Juliet set on a futuristic Earth.

Star crossed lovers a world apart

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Michael Idato The stars of Star-Crossed discuss the show's political themes as well as the Romeo and Juliet style romance.


Modern Family cast touches down in Australia

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Lily, posted this on her Twitter account.

Michael Idato The stars of the hit series Modern Family have landed in Sydney today on board a Qantas airliner which has been branded "the Modern Family carrier".

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Michael Idato Hugh Jackman will return to host Broadway's answer to the Oscars for a fourth time.

When dimples turn to wrinkles the chequebook slams shut on child stars

Michael Idato Conditions for child stars have barely changed since Hollywood discovered the earning power of pint-sized actors.

Secrets & Lies

Juliette Lewis and Ryan Phillippe to star in US version of Secrets & Lies

Juliette Lewis.

Michael Idato The US adaptation of the Australian drama Secrets & Lies is turning into a star-studded TV project.


Game of clones: Thrones' success renews the TV spin cycle


Michael Idato It's the oldest game in Hollywood: rinse and repeat. But there are two new TV shows, both hoping to capitalise on the success of Game of Thrones, which might have tried a little harder when it came...

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Stan Grant.

Michael Idato Sky News international editor Stan Grant will front Foxtel's Crimes that Shook Australia.