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Michael Lallo

Michael Lallo is an entertainment reporter for The Age. Michael joined The Age in 2006 as a feature writer. He has also been a news reporter for The Sunday Age, a deputy editor of Green Guide and a columnist and critic.

Analysis

Family Feud brings happy results as Ten climbs out of abyss

Michael Lallo On the cusp of its 50th birthday, Channel Ten - once Australia's most profitable network - is pulling itself from the brink of a ratings disaster.

Battle

Eddie McGuire again in hot seat over Family Feud threat

Eddie McGuire v Grant Denyer.

Michael Lallo Grant Denyer out-rated his former arch-rival Eddie McGuire last night to again win the battle of the game shows – prompting one media analyst to describe Denyer’s revived Family Feud as...

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Ratings

No family feud but Kylie beats Dannii Minogue in the ratings

Bit of TV rivalry between the Minogue sisters ... 'I hope we beat everything else on that night,' says Dannii.

Michael Lallo More than 1 million bleary-eyed Australians watched the World Cup final, Kylie Minogue beat her sister Dannii in the battle of the talent shows and Grant Denyer’s Family Feud pulled off a...

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Thorpedoed

Did early start to Ian Thorpe interview cost Channel 10?

Ian Thorpe

Michael Lallo Network Ten’s decision to screen its Ian Thorpe interview earlier than planned appears to have cut into its ratings. 

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We're all a little wobbly

Comedian Francesca Martinez.

Michael Lallo A new autobiography from the comedian and former Grange Hill star, Francesca Martinez

Rant

Man v Food star Adam Richman's #thinspiration rant halts new show

Before #thinspiration ... Richman was a big eater.

Michael Lallo The debut of Man v Food star Adam Richman's new series has been cancelled after the presenter exploded at his fans on social media - telling one follower how to kill themselves in graphic detail.

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2015?

Will Gruen return? ABC won't air in 2014

<i>Gruen</i> ... (L-R) Todd Sampson, Wil Anderson and Russell Howcroft will possibly only return is there is 'creative drive'.

Michael Lallo The ABC has confirmed its high-rating Gruen franchise will not air this year – despite the broadcaster previously announcing it would be part of the 2014 line-up – and it may not return...

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Lunch with Julia Morris

Michael Lallo Julia Morris and her husband celebrate two anniversaries: their wedding and their first kiss.

Survey says

Under pressure: can Grant Denyer's Family Feud revive Ten's fortunes?

Grant Denyer

Michael Lallo Ten has high hopes for Family Feud; both for the show itself and its ability to deliver bigger lead-in audiences to The Project.

Working Dog hit keeps successful times rolling for MTC

Jane Harber, Kat Stewart, Erik Thomson, Nicholas Bell and Brent Hill in Working Dog play <i>The Speechmaker</i>.
Photo: Jeff Busby

Michael Lallo After achieving its best-ever box office takings in 2013 – a result driven by blockbuster plays such as Rupert – the Melbourne Theatre Company has broken new records with Working...

'Run by Jews'

Planet of the Apes star Gary Oldman joins Mel Gibson in anti-Semitic mire

Gary Oldman calls the Jews a 'chosen people' in apology over PC rant concerning Mel Gibson.

Michael Lallo Oscar-nominated actor Gary Oldman has been slammed by an anti-Semitism watchdog for claiming Hollywood is "run by Jews".

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Not Kiis

The truth about Mel Greig's secret project

Who was running the show? ... Mel Greig couldn't get bosses to listen to her concerns about the prank call.

Michael Lallo 'Royal hoax' DJ Mel Greig is planning her return to media in a joint project with former Big Brother winner Tim Dormer, Fairfax Media has confirmed – but the pair will not appear together on...

Roar

Katy Perry to write Hillary Clinton a presidential campaign song?

Katy Perry and Hillary Clinton from Instagram.

Michael Lallo Pop star Katy Perry – who has sold 81 million singles worldwide - has offered to write Hillary Clinton's theme song if she runs for president.

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Theatre

Les Miserables: the last of an era?

Les Miserables: Gavroche.

Michael Lallo Could Sir Cameron Mackintosh's reinvigorated Les Miserables be among the last we see of the great stage musicals?

Crowdfunded

Feel the pain in Lazarus 'live action horror' game thanks to crowdfunding

Michael Lallo Two Australian entrepreneurs behind real-life video game Lazarus have smashed a crowdfunding record by offering donors a series of "short but powerful electric shocks" as part of their gaming...

'Love' letter

Friends star Lisa Kudrow demands re-trial over juror's 'love' letter

Actress Lisa Kudrow demands a retrial over earnings dispute with former manager Scott Howard.

Michael Lallo Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow is demanding a new trial after the foreman of the jury that found against her in a recent lawsuit penned her a bizarre apology and claimed to feel her pain.

Study

No joke: Satirical Colbert Report more informative than actual news, study finds

Stephen Colbert has proven more informative than the news, a US university has found.

Michael Lallo Satirical news program The Colbert Report did a better job of teaching viewers about the role of money in politics than actual news, a university study has found.

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Melb radio

Mix's Chrissie Swan has 'hysterical and historical' win over Eddie McGuire in radio ratings

Chrissie Swan Eddie McGuire

Michael Lallo Commercial talkback station 3AW has clawed back a narrow lead over 774 ABC, while classic hits station Gold has again trumped all its commercial rivals.

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Comment

Sunday Night: Mel Greig got 'royal prank' danger, why didn't Austereo?

Who was running the show? ... Mel Greig couldn't get bosses to listen to her concerns about the prank call.

Michael Lallo Austereo needs to explain itself - specifically, why broadcasting the prank call unaltered was deemed more important than Mel Greig's concerns.

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Australian Story

Signing up for humiliation: MasterChef's Jules Allen faced harsh reality

Jules Allen on <i>MasterChef</i> 2103.

Michael Lallo When Mad Men depicts sexism or ethically dubious behaviour, it's masterful storytelling. When a reality show depicts the same, the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

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