Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Science fiction action

Into The Badlands offers a bleak, but action-packed future

Michael Idato The world has changed, America is split into rival factions, but roaming the Badlands is a soldier who just might be able to bring it all together. Welcome to Into The Badlands.

Unpredictable second season of Transparent is still a cut above the rest

Michael Idato Jill Soloway's award-winning series had a lot to live up to after its acclaimed first season. The second broadens its scope while keeping viewers guessing.

Why JJ Abrams kept the Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot so secret

JJ Abrams has chosen to let out as little as possible on the film.

Michael Idato Though it seems like we have been inundated with footage from the upcoming seventh instalment of the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, in fact we have been privy to very little.

Star Wars The Force Awakens: Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks cut from new film

Jar Jar Binks - formerly of <i>Star Wars</i> fame.

Michael Idato George Lucas' favourite creatures have been cut from the next Star Wars installment.

Days of Our Lives, the perfect soap, turns 50

Michael Idato Taking place in a demi-twilight where tuxedo and gym tights are both acceptable, Days of Our Lives has survived five decades by providing a mesmeric cocktail of melodrama, madness and little comedy.

The Bold and The Beautiful

Karla Mosley bursts soap's gender bubble

Michael Idato Nobody was more surprised than Karla Mosley when it was revealed her character on The Bold and the Beautiful had a transgender secret.

Flying start

TV review: Melissa Benoist soars up and away as Supergirl

Melissa Benoist as <i>Supergirl</i>.

Michael Idato A new superheroine doesn't quite manage to leap tall buildings but is off to a flying start.

TV milestone: US soap opera Days of Our Lives to celebrate 50th anniversary

Like 50 years of sand through an hourglass: <i>Days of Our Lives</i>.

Michael Idato There is something glacial and unchanging about US television's second-oldest surviving daytime soap opera.

Comic book heroine flies

Actress Melissa Benoist goes up, up and away as Supergirl

Michael Idato Melissa Benoist talks comic books, costumes and taking flght as Supergirl.

Netflix to reboot iconic science fiction series Lost in Space

The classic TV series Lost in Space is set to be rebooted by Netflix.

Michael Idato Warning, warning ... a reboot of the iconic science fiction series Lost in Space is coming to TV.

George Lucas offered story ideas for the new Star Wars but was rebuffed

George Lucas offered tips for the new <i>Star Wars</i> films which were rejected by Disney.

Michael Idato Star Wars creator George Lucas had hoped to guide the three new Star Wars movies to their conclusion but has revealed his overtures to the US studio Disney were very gently rebuffed.


TV news: Emma Freedman gets CNN role, Australia returns to Eurovision and more

Guy Sebastian at Eurovision 2015. Australia will be included in the contest again in 2016.

Michael Idato A new role for Emma Freedman, Australia returns to Eurovision and more. All the latest TV news and gossip.

Into the Badlands a high-kicking tornado of action

Daniel Wu in Into the Badlands

Michael Idato Daniel Wu's new martial arts drama high jumps over the pack of new scripted dramas


Doctor Who and Sherlock creator Steven Moffat talks fans, female co-stars and conventions

Please don't film: English actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Michael Idato Do women love Sherlock because of Benedict Cumberbatch? " "Well, I'll get in trouble if I say that."

Four more years

Eurovision 2016: A love letter to the competition that accepted Australia

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Michael Idato Thank goodness our romance with Eurovision doesn't have to end yet.

TV news and gossip

Networking: New life for the Glitch undead

<i>Glitch</i> will be screened at the Roma Fiction Fest.

Michael Idato What's happening in the world of the small screen?

Skip the curtsey

Star Wars The Force Awakens: Princess Leia ditches royal title to become General Organa

Princess Leia ... how to play a smart, tough woman in a largely male galaxy.

Michael Idato To a generation of filmgoers, she was Her Highness, Princess Leia Organa, of the planet Alderaan.

Harrison Ford on Star Wars, Indiana Jones and why the old Han Solo believes in the Force

Actor Harrison Ford has opened up about Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

Michael Idato Han Solo is still a rogue, despite his emergence as the elder statesman of the upcoming seventh Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, actor Harrison Ford has said.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is getting a sequel

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett starred in the original My Big Fat Greek Wedding film in 2002.

Michael Idato In the Hollywood sausage factory, few films have to wait as long as My Big Fat Greek Wedding has to get a sequel.

When heroes fall

Marvel's Jessica Jones goes behind the superhero mask

Michael Idato Marvel's Jessica Jones is a superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress, who has put her mask, but not her past behind her.