Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


Netflix turns sights to cinema with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel

Michael Idato Netflix's plans to release a sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon online and in cinemas on the same date has thrown US exhibitors into a spin.

Bold move

William Shatner considers Star Trek return

William Shatner has reportedly been offered a significant role in JJ Abrams' next <i>Star Trek</i> movie.

Michael Idato William Shatner may be about to boldly go where he has been many times before, after allegedly being offered a role in the next JJ Abrams' Star Trek movie.

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Network guide: television news

Michael Idato There is tough competition for the 14th annual Screen Producers Association of Australia Awards, which will be announced in November.


Australian actor Xavier Samuel to take on the role of Frankenstein's monster

Xavier Samuel

Michael Idato The movie, set in present day Los Angeles, will star Samuel as Adam, brought to life by a husband and wife who are scientists.

PC gone mad?

Rape 'joke' on Family Guy/Simpsons crossover episode draws fire in US

The Griffins visit the Simpson home when they take an unexpected trip to Springfield.

Michael Idato It hasn't even aired yet and the crossover episode of Family Guy - in which the Griffins from Family Guy meet the Simpson family from The Simpsons - is already causing controversy.

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Mark Harmon discusses the new spinoff, NCIS: New Orleans

Mark Harmon: <i>NCIS: New Orleans</i> is ''a hugely rich opportunity''.

Michael Idato Mark Harmon talks to Michael Idato about the new spinoff series, NCIS: New Orleans.

Drawn from life

Madam Secretary: All power to the working wife and mother

Madam Secretary: Tea Leoni establishes her credentials as US Secretary of State.

Michael Idato From the moment actress Tea Leoni strides into frame as America's tough, no-nonsense Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in the new drama series Madam Secretary, it's easy to draw comparisons with...

Hit UK drama Broadchurch is remade in the US as Gracepoint

Anna Gunn in <i>Gracepoint</i>.

Michael Idato The producer of Gracepoint, a US version of the highly acclaimed British detective series, Broadchurch, says the new work shares a lot with its predecessor but he hopes the differences will also...

Television history

Iconic space suit and egg up from Robin Williams' series Mork & Mindy up for auction

Mork (Robin Williams)

Michael Idato It won't get you into space. It won't even get you into orbit. But it will give you a rare slice of television history.

Television takedown

Satirist John Oliver blasts Miss America 'scholarship' claims

John Oliver

Michael Idato TV satirist John Oliver has slammed the "Miss America" beauty pageant for falling short on its scholarship claims.

Robin Williams's grieving daughter Zelda thanks fans for their 'truly helpful' letters

Michael Idato Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late comedian Robin Williams, has sent a note of thanks in response to the letters sent to her in the wake of her father's death

Aussie TV

Television outshines film as TV nominees soak up the spotlight for 14th annual SPA Awards


Michael Idato TV hits Rake, Time Our Lives and Wentworth lead the nominations charge.

Bombshell return

The Good Wife returns for season six with a 'horrifying' twist

The Good Wife gets greater: Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick.

Michael Idato The good news is: no one died. The even better news: there's a second unexpected bombshell awaiting fans.

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Move over Sharknado, here comes Lavalantula - giant lava-spewing tarantulas

Promotional still from the film <i>Lavalantula</i>.

Michael Idato The latest entry in the annals of exploitation brings volcanoes and spiders together.

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Iconic musical

The Lion King makes history as the biggest stage show of all time

<i>The Lion King</i>:

Michael Idato The Lion King's $US6.2 billion in global takings eclipses not only stage productions but also highest grossing film, Avatar, at $US2.8 billion.

Series return

Downton Abbey's season 5 makes a less than stellar debut in the UK

Richard E. Grant is one of the high profile guest stars on <i>Downton Abbey</i> season 5.

Michael Idato The British series had its second lowest rating season premiere in its five year history.

Back from the dead

Charlie Sheen wants to return to Two and a Half Men, despite having been killed off

Charlie Sheen

Michael Idato The original star, who exited the series in spectacular fashion three years ago, wants to be part of the show's final episode.

Superhero stars

Supergirl set to soar as US goes comic-book mad

Superman is cousin to Supergirl, who is set to get her own TV series.

Michael Idato One of the most iconic female superheroes of all time, Supergirl, is set to soar in her own television series.