Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


Sam Worthington plays war correspondent in Deadline Gallipoli

Michael Idato The gulf between the Gallipoli campaign and the theatre of modern war may span a century, but actor/producer Sam Worthington, currently filming the television drama Deadline Gallipoli, says the...

Pop culture

Comic-Con: fans get up close with Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr

Michael Idato While the costumes, toys, celebrities and comic books are easy to explain, it is the sheer scale of Comic-Con that defies description.


US remake of The Slap signs Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker

The next Rosie ... Mary-Louise Parker.

Michael Idato Despite having been in development for two years, the US remake of the critically exalted Australian drama has signed two major stars as its leads.

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The Simpsons creator sneaks into Comic-con

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Michael Idato Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, pretends to be an audience member as he puts questions to the cast of Family Guy.

Comic Con

Family Guy, The Simpsons crossover episode revealed

A scene from the two shows' crossover episode.

Michael Idato The producers of the hit animated comedy Family Guy have given fans their first glimpse of the upcoming crossover episode that will bring Family Guy's Griffin family to Springfield, the home of The...

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Mad Max dusted off for comic extravaganza

This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Riley Keough as Capable (Brainy), Courtney Eaton as Fragile (Cheedo), Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, PHS-4, and Abbey Lee Kershaw as Wag (Smiley), in a scene from the film,

Michael Idato A sea of screaming comic book fans were left seeing triple after Warner Bros wheeled out a three-pronged showstopper at the annual Comic-Con fan convention in San Diego on the weekend.


Why Australians should care about Comic-Con 2014

Batman and Robin

Michael Idato Comic-Con 2014 had not even officially opened as tens of thousands of fans poured through its doors for what has become known as "preview night".

Fantastic plastic

Heath Ledger's Joker immortalised in Lego

Heath Ledger's Joker made into Lego.

Michael Idato Heath Ledger's stunning performance as Batman's iconic nemesis The Joker has been immortalised in Lego.

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TV dramas Dig and Tyrant flee Gaza violence

Disrupted ... Ashraf Barhom, who plays Jamal in Tyrant, one of the programs forced to relocate.

Michael Idato The escalating conflict in Gaza has forced two US television dramas to shift production out of the region.

Series return

Fargo returns with fresh location and cast

Breakout ... Alison Tolman in the first series of Fargo.

Michael Idato The second season of the critically acclaimed US drama series Fargo will feature a new setting, and a new cast.

Jail fashion

Orange is the New Black sparks prison jumpsuit change in US

Fashion statement ... Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black.

Michael Idato Apparently Orange is the new Black has sparked a fashion trend that is potentially confusing people about who belongs behind bars.

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Gus Worland gets in shape for The Marathon Man

Third series: Josh Thomas will return for another helping of <i>Please Like Me</i>.

Michael Idato Australian radio personality Gus Worland will be the subject of a new documentary series, The Marathon Man, in which Worland hopes to transform from "an overweight, unhealthy couch potato to a lean,...


Halle Berry's on the lookout for strong female roles

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Michael Idato Halle Berry on why the rise of quality TV has offered her another avenue for finding good stories and good roles to play.


Axle Whitehead lands US Shameless, as Sarah Snook pilot gets lifeline

Axle Whitehead.

Michael Idato This former Home and Away hunk and this Aussie sweetheart make inroads in the US.

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Extant's Halle Berry joins long line of sexy women in space

Halle Berry in Extant.

Michael Idato Space may or may not be curved but the leading female astronauts in sci-fi television invariably are.


House Husbands will be re-made in France and Italy

Parlez-vous fran├žais? Gary Sweet and Rachel Griffiths in <i>House Husbands</i>, which will be remade in France and Italy.

Michael Idato Channel Nine's hit family drama about four stay-at-home dads and their families is going global.

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Eddie Cahill on the secrets of Stephen King's Under The Dome

Enigmatic: Eddie Cahill plays Sam in Under The Dome.

Michael Idato He's playing yet another of the mysteries that plague Under The Dome, but as Eddie Cahill explains, sometimes not knowing what's going on is lots of fun.


Emmy Awards boss under fire for 'category fraud'

William H Macy

Michael Idato The Emmy chief is forced to answer questions over the confusing categories for the awards coming up in August.


Katherine Heigl: 'I don't see myself as difficult'

Katherine Heigl

Michael Idato Katherine Heigl is quizzed over her 'difficult' reputation while promoting new show State of Affairs.

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Josh Thomas comedy Please Like Me breaks new ground in US


Michael Idato Australian comedian Josh Thomas asked a simple question with his comedy series Please Like Me. He has his answer: they do.