Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Adam Zwar's Lowdown to get Wilfred treatment in the US

Michael Idato Australian actor/writer/producer Adam Zwar is building his credential as a Hollywood heavyweight.

Ronan Keating will sing in Postman Pat: The Movie


Michael Idato The X Factor Australia judge Ronan Keating is joining the public service as a postie.

Baz Luhrmann's surprising new project

Baz Luhrmann.

Michael Idato Baz Luhrmann and designer wife Catherine Martin needed a "creative adventure" after The Great Gatsby - and it won't be coming to a cinema near you.


Pay TV can't afford to 'unbundle' shows, says analyst

Emilia Clarke

Michael Idato In a world where pay television and online TV services are demanding an ever-larger slice of your wallet or purse, one complaint rings more loudly than all others: 'Why can't I just buy the channels...

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Royal scandal to rock Downton Abbey Christmas special

Downton Abbey?Lord Grantham?(Hugh Bonneville).

Michael Idato When Downton Abbey's Crawley family sit down to Christmas lunch this year, the meal will have a decidedly royal flavour.

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Superman vs Batman

Superman vs Batman and now Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman.

Michael Idato The biggest cinematic double act in decades just turned into a threesome with Wonder Woman – to be played by beauty queen Gal Gadot – joining the fun and games

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Paul Walker: Universal postpones Fast & Furious 7 production

Paul Walker

Michael Idato Universal has made it official: production on the feature film Fast & Furious 7 has been "indefinitely postponed" following the death of the film's star.

Fan favourite gets his own TV show


Michael Idato Sean Hayes - best known as Jack McFarland in Will & Grace - returns in Sean Saves The World.



Michael Idato I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here has begun filming on its 13th season in northern NSW.

'Big shows'

Seven tops TV ratings for year

Marta Dusseldorp and Bret Climo in A Place To Call Home.

Michael Idato The television ratings year ended as it was fought: with Seven in the lead, Nine overtaking in demographics, Ten losing ground to the ABC and the digital channels carving an ever-larger slice of the...


Big changes ahead as Australian TV networks fight to keep us watching

Luke Arnold as Michael Hutchence.

Michael Idato More Australian content, less dependence on US studio output and a potential new player in US online giant Netflix are among the challenges the Australian broadcast television market is facing in...

But they don't want to scare anybody?

Michael Idato Ravenswood makes no bones of its desire to immerse itself into the giddy, ghostly genre.


Michael Idato Jacki Weaver has been cast in the US remake of the hit British television drama Broadchurch.

True Crime

Horrific crimes in big houses

Real-life thrillers: murder, money and millionaires in <i>Behind Mansion Walls</i>.

Michael Idato Kerri-Anne Kennerley digs into dirty deeds of the wealthy.


Marriage at First Sight has to be the most extreme Australian dating show


Michael Idato Ask any girl and she will tell you there is an appalling shortage of good men.

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Gina Rinehart drama gets green light from Nine Network

Gina Rinehart.

Michael Idato The private world of Australian billionairess Gina Rinehart will be the subject of two upcoming television dramas.

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Alec Baldwin axed from MSNBC, following homophobic slur, ratings slump

Actor Alec Baldwin demands the media step away as his wife Hilaria Thomas carries daughter Carmen.

Michael Idato The US cable news channel MSNBC has ditched outspoken actor Alec Baldwin and axed his new talk show, Up Late, after just a handful of episodes.

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Go Back To Where You Came From wins International Emmy

<i>Go Back to Where You Came From</i> producer Michael Cordell wins a 41st International Emmy award.

Michael Idato Controversial Australian documentary series Go Back To Where You Came From wins one of the world's most prestigious TV awards.

Web news

Katie Couric will anchor Yahoo News to rival CNN, BBC and Sky

Michael Idato High-profile American journalist Katie Couric has been signed by Yahoo in a bold move towards building the internet giant as a major competitor to global news players CNN, the BBC and Sky.


Family Guy: It's curtains for Brian Griffin


Michael Idato The producers of Family Guy had warned the television show's legions of fans that a death of a beloved character was imminent. But few expected it to be Brian Griffin, the family's talking pet dog.

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