Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Globes nominee

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

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

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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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Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson treasured Night at the Museum co-star Robin Williams' comedy advice

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Michael Idato Australian Rebel Wilson thought her role was only going to be a cameo but it soon turned into something bigger, and far more memorable.

Museum piece

Final Night at the Museum pays tribute to Robin Williams

Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum

Michael Idato The third and final instalment of the franchise is about letting go, says its director.

So Falcon what?

Star Wars' Millennium Falcon goes from icon to obsession

Lego's Star Wars Millennium Falcon.

Michael Idato How did a new picture of a really old ship end up making so much noise on social media?

Networking: SBS zooms in on Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal: The Fat Duck restaurant's shift to Melbourne will be the subject of an SBS documentary.

Michael Idato A Michelin-starred restaurant's round-the-globe relocation will be caught in a fly-on-the-wall feature.

Danger 5

Danger 5 comedy: hilarious spoof of movie cliches

Recurring villain: Even though it's set in the 1980s, the second season of <i>Danger 5</i> features Adolf Hitler.

Michael Idato Danger 5 is proud to parody '80s action cinema in its second season, with Adolf Hitler still lurking for laughs.