Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Special event

Spectrum Now 2015: Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor to visit Australia

Michael Idato Transparent star and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor is to visit Australia to appear at The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now festival.

'Spocking a five'

Leonard Nimoy tribute: Canadians deface banknotes with Spock pictures

Defaced: Leonard Nimoy sketched on a bank note.

Michael Idato Canadians are honouring Leonard Nimoy by defacing banknotes.

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Success story

The Sound of Music turns 50: Why critics ate their words

Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

Michael Idato As anyone who watched the Oscars telecast now knows, The Sound of Music has just turned 50.

Netflix confirms Australian launch date of March 24; House of Cards and Frozen to headline

Netflix

Michael Idato The long-awaited local launch of TV and film streaming service Netflix has been confirmed for March 24.

Slow stream

House of Cards season 3 piracy booms in countries without Netflix

Frank Underwood is president, what does he make of fans trying to cheat the system to watch <i>House of Cards</i>' new season early?

Michael Idato Illicit downloads of House of Cards' new season has spiked in countries without Netflix. See how Australia fared.

Networking: Ed Oxenbould, Melissa George land new US dramas

New pilot: Melissa George.

Michael Idato Melissa George has landed a role in a new US medical drama, Heart Matters.

Australian actors streak into the lead as Hollywood casts TV pilot season

Melissa George has been cast in <i>Heart Matters</i>, a medical drama based on the life of a real heart surgeon.

Michael Idato Hollywood's "pilot season" is barely under way and Australian actors have grabbed many of the roles in the crop of new shows.

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek, dies aged 83

Leonard Nimoy won a worshipful global following as Mr Spock on <i>Star Trek</i>.

Michael Idato Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and...

Crime thrillers offer subtle drama

<i>Fortitude</i>: from left - Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston.

Michael Idato Fortitude and Broadchurch are some of the most compelling television programs to watch.

Never-ending story

The Bold and the Beautiful: Network Ten signs 'lifetime' deal

<i>The Bold and the Beautiful</i> deal effectively locks the series to Ten indefinitely.

Michael Idato Network Ten has signed an historic 'lifetime' deal to retain Australian rights to the US daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

New season hunger

House of Cards season 3 launches on US Netflix, will Australians be watching?

Frank Underwood is president, what does he make of fans trying to cheat the system to watch <i>House of Cards</i>' new season early?

Michael Idato The highly anticipated third season of the political drama House of Cards makes its debut in the US today.

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'No point'

Robin Williams' daughter Zelda Williams breaks silence on his death

Michael Idato The 25-year-old daughter of the comedian Robin Williams has spoken for the first time about her father's death, saying that laying blame was pointless.

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Whoops

Brit Awards 2015: Madonna falls off stage during Living For Love performance

Madonna falls off the stage at the Brit Awards in London.

Michael Idato Madonna has suffered an embarrassing fall at the Brit Awards.

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Stoush

Power Rangers fan film starring James Van Der Beek draws Hollywood ire

James Van Der Beek in <i>Power Rangers</i> fan film.

Michael Idato A fan-made film based on the successful Power Rangers films and television series has draw the ire of Saban Brands, the Hollywood company that owns the franchise.

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Chris Brown denied entry into Canada

Michael Idato The American singer Chris Brown has been denied entry into Canada, forcing the cancellation of planned shows in Montreal and Toronto.

Lady Gaga joins American Horror Story

Lady Gaga during her extraordinary performance at the Oscars.

Michael Idato Lady Gaga's show-stopping performance of the songs from The Sound of Music at this week's Oscars was, according to informed whisper, an audition for Broadway.

The world is laughing along with sitcom creator Chuck Lorre

The cast of the <i>Big Bang Theory</i>, a major success for its creator Chuck Lorre.

Michael Idato At first glance the worlds of the four Chuck Lorre sitcoms - Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and Mom - seem vastly different.

Tragedy

American Horror Story actor Ben Woolf dies after being hit by car

Tributes flowing in: Ben Woolf.

Michael Idato The actor Ben Woolf, who starred in the television series American Horror Story, has died after suffering a stroke.

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Ratings

Audiences desert Oscars 2015

Neil Patrick Harris

Michael Idato After reaching its best audience in a decade last year, the Oscars lost some ground in the television ratings, drawing just 34.6 million viewers in the US.

Debut show

Oscars 2015 review: Neil Patrick Harris plays it safe (and pantless)

Host Neil Patrick Harris performs onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

Michael Idato Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris wasted no time conceding the ceremony’s much-discussed lack of diversity but quickly segued into a song-and-dance routine.

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