Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas gets US TV remake

Michael Idato The US adaptation of the critically acclaimed Australian drama The Slap, which has been in development for more than a year, is heading into production.

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Oscars road: Gravity has unprecedented win at Producers Guild Awards 2014

Gravity, Sandra Bullock

Michael Idato The science fiction film Gravity has become an 11th hour frontrunner to win the Academy Award for best picture.

NBC to air live version of Peter Pan

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Michael Idato The iconic story of Peter Pan is coming to television.


Dexter may return, says Showtime president David Nevins


Michael Idato The critically acclaimed US drama Dexter may be exhumed from the grave.

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Rachael Taylor to star in US drama Crisis with Gillian Anderson


Michael Idato Australian actress Rachael Taylor is teaming up with the former star of The X Files, actress Gillian Anderson, in a new hostage thriller

Bleak film

The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie secures another Hollywood deal

Margot Robbie

Michael Idato Australian actress Margot Robbie will follow up her breakthrough performance in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street with a starring role in the highly anticipated film Z For Zachariah.

Wise guy

BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 31: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is photographed for the Los A

Michael Idato In November this year, Leonardo DiCaprio will turn 40. Cue gasps of shock. Or not.

Looking at real life

Michael Idato New series Looking is powerful reflection of what it means to be a gay man in a world where the gay subculture and the mainstream are slowly meshing.


Michael Idato The plan to bring the hit US series Modern Family to Australia has taken its first steps.

Not enough bite in a reheated chip

Michael Idato Good television should be lean and fast. Intelligence is intriguing, but a little chubby.


Rake: Australian Bojana Novakovic makes the US cut

Bojana Novakovic.

Michael Idato Australian actress Bojana Novakovic was knocked back for a role in the Australian drama series Rake before landing a starring role in the American remake.


Golden Globes 2014: E! apologises for insensitive 'fun fact' about Michael J. Fox's illness

Online upset ... E! apologises for running this 'fun fact' about Michael J. Fox's illness.

Michael Idato The 71st annual Golden Globe awards had not even started when the first, and biggest, gaffe of the night took place.

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Sydney's Yvonne Strahovski joins reboot of US action series 24

Actress Yvonne Strahovski

Michael Idato Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski has joined the cast of the reboot of the US action series 24.


Tina Fey and Amy Poehler brilliantly roast Hollywood's elite

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Michael Idato There is no doubt: from the opening frame of the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler owned it.


Golden Globes 2014: Was Emma Thompson tipsy or having us on?

Emma Thompson

Michael Idato So, was she or wasn't she? Actress Emma Thompson took to the stage at the Golden Globes and delivered a performance which may be remembered for years to come, for all the wrong reasons.

Cate Blanchett takes out AACTA International Award


Michael Idato Cate Blanchett has won the AACTA award for best international lead actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine.


Naked fury as Girls star Lena Dunham defends nude scenes

Creator, executive producer and actor Lena Dunham clashes with a journalist about her show <i>Girls</i>.

Michael Idato Girls creator and star Lena Dunham has clashed with a US television critic after he questioned her nudity on the much-acclaimed HBO show.

Leonardo DiCaprio on greed in Hollywood and Wall Street: 'I have seen a lot of my heroes disappear'

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

Michael Idato In less than a year, Leonardo DiCaprio turns 40. Cue gasps of shock. Not, perhaps, because the baby-faced star of Romeo+Juliet and Titanic is all grown up.

As the Oscars' brassy bridesmaid, the Golden Globes are a lot more fun

Golden Globes.

Michael Idato They call it awards season, and in January and February, they flow thick and fast: Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, Critics' Choice, Writers Guild, Australia's AACTAs and Britain's BAFTAs.

Time to gaze into Globes' crystal ball


Michael Idato They call it ''awards season'', and in the months of January and February there seems no end to them: the Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, Critics' Choice, Writers Guild, Australia's AACTA and...