Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

US talk show host Conan O'Brien roars into Comic-Con, Mad Max-style

Michael Idato US talk show host Conan O'Brien roared into San Diego's annual geekfest Comic-Con on board a battle car from Mad Max: Fury Road.

Search for a captain

Seeking a young Harrison Ford: Hollywood's search for the new Han Solo begins

Space experience: Chris Pratt looks like a strong possibility to play a young Han Solo in the second standalone <i>Star Wars</i> movie.

Michael Idato Wanted: one actor, preferably under 30 but there's a little give, to play a smuggler captain who will, one day, grow up and look awfully like Indiana Jones.

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Geek week

Comic-Con kicks off with Aussie stars and buzz for Star Wars, Batman vs Superman and Lego

Conic-Con commences: What began as a haven for geeks has become one of Hollywood's biggest marketing tools.

Michael Idato Though it was born as a bona fide comic book convention in 1970 - a pastime which still commands a chunk of the convention floorspace to this day - Comic-Con has become one of the most important...

Networking: Mr Burns lives on as show agrees to Harry Shearer's demands

mr multi-media, actor/ comic/ playwright/ voice man harry shearer

Michael Idato Eurovision gets a new home, a Simpsons star rejoins the fold and much more.

And again!

Stockholm named as host city for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Polina Gagarina representing Russia in 2015 eurovision.

Michael Idato Stockholm has been named as the host city for the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest.In keeping with the competition's long-standing tradition, the winning country hosts the event the following year.

Mariska Hargitay faces the challenges on screen and off

Mariska Hargitay's character was a woman who was defining feminine strength long before the so-called present golden age of prime-time television.

Michael Idato American television's pantheon of prime-time goddesses is, by some accounts, a modern construct.

Please explain

Aussie TV boss Gordon Elliott swept up in Paula Deen race row

Michael Idato US-based Australian television producer Gordon Elliott has been swept up in a second race scandal involving the high-profile star of one of his shows, the American television chef Paula Deen.

The Force continues

Han Solo to star in second standalone Star Wars film, Lucasfilm confirms

'Chewie, we're home!': Harrison Ford returns as the fast-talking Han Solo with co-pilot and friend, wookie Chewbacca.

Michael Idato Yes, that's right, another Star Wars movie.

Cara Delevingne's disappearing act in Paper Towns

Cara Delevingne as Margo Roth Spiegelman and Nat Wolff as Quentin Jacobsen in the film <i>Paper Towns</i>.

Michael Idato The model-turned-actor is not as she appears, in person or in character, for her latest film.

Networking: New dawning for Aquarius

AQUARIUS -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: David Duchovny as Hodiak -- (Photo by: Jim Fiscus/NBC) Aquarius TV series, David Duchovny

Michael Idato A new season of a crime thriller and Doctor Who heading to Australia. It's been a big week for television.

Angry big wig

Donald Trump returns fire over racist remark backlash with a US$500 million lawsuit

Happier times: Donald Trump with Australian Miss Universe winner Jennifer Hawkins in 2004

Michael Idato Trump is suing TV networks that dropped his shows, saying they are required to air Miss Universe.

Paris is furious

Paris Hilton to sue producers of horrifying plane prank TV show: reports

Paris Hilton

Michael Idato The American socialite Paris Hilton intends to sue the producers of a TV program which subjected her to a prank in which she was made to think a plane she was on was crashing.

US network NBC fires Donald Trump as backlash over offensive remarks worsens

You're fired ... US Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump has been booted off NBC for his racist comments against Mexicans.

Michael Idato If they taught it at business school, it might be called how to destroy your TV career in seven easy words.

'Not cool'

Paris Hilton pranked by TV show, subjected to horrifying simulated plane crash

Paris Hilton has been tricked into thinking she was in a crashing plane on a TV show.

Michael Idato What followed is genuinely harrowing, and taps into one of the most pervading passenger fears of the modern aviation age.

From Sweden with love

Michael Idato Lawyer-turned-comedian Greg Poehler 's comedy hit, Welcome to Sweden, is very close to home, he says.

Zoo TV show: When animals bite back

Michael Idato Like most big concepts, the television series Zoo began with a very small moment. A handful of unrelated news reports about strange animal behaviour.

World is watching

NCIS, The Bold and the Beautiful, How I Met Your Mother are world's most watched TV shows

Jacob Young and Karla Mosley, stars of <i>The Bold and the Beautiful</i> in Monte Carlo.

Michael Idato In the race to the top of the ratings ladder, few mantles matter more than 'most watched TV show in the world'.

Oz on top

Australians Frances O'Connor and Anthony Hayes win top acting awards at Monte Carlo TV Festival

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 18:  (L-R) Tcheky Karyo and Frances O'Connor attend the closing ceremony of the 55th Monte-Carlo Television Festival on June 18, 2015, in Monaco.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Michael Idato Two Australians dominated the action categories in Monte Carlo as the world's most watched TV programs were awarded.

Equal rights

Patricia Arquette on equality, visibility and the 'incredible' reaction to her Oscar speech

Actress Patricia Arquette poses after receiving a

Michael Idato 'A woman told me her boss pulled her in the next morning and gave her a raise,' the Boyhood star says after receiving the Crystal Nymph award in Monte Carlo.

CSI: Cyber enters the 'crime 2.0' world

Michael Idato James Van Der Beek was 'blissfully unaware of the depth of what goes on in the cyber world' before taking on the role of an FBI agent in the latest offering of the popular CSI franchise.