Cage Match: Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage to fight aliens in Myanmar

Nicolas Cage, the Hollywood actor best known for his especially prolific film career, has set his sights on Myanmar for his upcoming sci-fi film, Jiu Jitsu, in which he fights aliens using the titular martial arts style. Yes, you heard that right: Nicolas Cage, of Ghost Rider, Wicker Man and Face-Off fame, is coming to ...

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That old familiar feeling: Burmese hit takes hit over Imagine Dragons melody

That old familiar feeling: Burmese hit takes hit over Imagine Dragons melody

First a hit in November, Htet Yan’s Nway Thwar Tal (Makes Me Feel Warm) is back and bigger than ever thanks to its recent popularity on Chinese video app TikTok. But amid an...

Yangon gripped as big-budget blockbuster brings streets to standstill

Yangon gripped as big-budget blockbuster brings streets to standstill

Cars dangling from cranes, street shootouts and actors rappelling from roofs — Yangon residents were transfixed this week by the filming of a big-budget Hong Kong action...

(Original) Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Knock-off films ineligible for Myanmar Academy Awards

(Original) Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Knock-off films ineligible for Myanmar Academy Awards

Myanmar’s film industry is infamous for its, um … shall we say “lax” approach to pesky issues of copyright. With the market closed off from outside productions by decades...

Thai film dedicated to Rohingya wins best film at Venice Film Festival

Thai film dedicated to Rohingya wins best film at Venice Film Festival

A Thai film dedicated to the Rohingya people won a top prize at the Venice Film Festival last weekend. Manta Ray (Kraben Rahu in Thai) won the Orizzonti Award for Best Film on...

Myanmar freestyle rap champion to be crowned this weekend

Myanmar freestyle rap champion to be crowned this weekend

Sixteen freestyle rappers from around Myanmar will compete in Yangon this weekend at The Showdown Freestyle Battle, hosted by Full Stop. The competition will be judged...

Why is Westlife so popular in Myanmar?

Why is Westlife so popular in Myanmar?

Before I moved to Myanmar, I didn’t know who Westlife was. That’s not because I don’t have opinions on boy bands—I’m a Backstreet Boys boy all the way. I even have a...

‘Mudras Calling’ actor Zenn Kyi wants to end Myanmar’s ‘copying’ culture

‘Mudras Calling’ actor Zenn Kyi wants to end Myanmar’s ‘copying’ culture

Actor Zenn Kyi has recently become the darling of the Myanmar film world with his breakout role in Mudras Calling. His newfound fame brings with it obsessive fans who are hungry...

Video for catchy Thingyan anthem takes aim at sexual harrassment

Video for catchy Thingyan anthem takes aim at sexual harrassment

Thingyan season is once again upon us, and Thingyan songs, from the classics to the newest releases, can be heard in taxis, shopping malls, and gym playlists all over the country....

‘Voices for Wildlife’ music festival coming to Yangon April 7

‘Voices for Wildlife’ music festival coming to Yangon April 7

The group that has quickly enlisted the public in the fight against poaching in Myanmar is still at it, this time by organizing a free, public music festival in Yangon to...


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The world of Myanmar celeb gossip is a goldmine for journalists, if you can come to grips with it. Who could forget the former beauty queen who, following a win in South Korea, was stripped of the title but ran off with her tiara anyway? We don’t tend to the minutiae of showbiz and celebrity news on Coconuts Yangon, but if it’s juicy and amusing, you can bet we’ve got it.