A Few More Things: Captain EO, Nickelback & Shakira

Disneyland is trading in “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” to bring back “Captian EO,” a pickle has more fans than Nickelback and Shakira meets with Obama.

The Return Of Captain EO
After 13 years, Michael Jackson’s “Captian EO” is returning to Disneyland today.

The 17-minute film, which originally ran at the Anaheim, Calif., theme park from 1986-1997, stars Jackson as a spaceship captain who uses love and music to fight Angelica Huston’s wicked witch queen.

The park says the 3-D film is being shown in the Tomorrowland theatre for an indefinite engagement. “Captain EO,” which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, replaces the 3-D show “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.”

Disney executive Heather Hust Rivera said on the Disney Parks blog that the showing, which originally included lasers and smoke, will not feature all of the original special effects. The park is showing a 70 mm print of the film with enhanced sound.
Nickelback vs. The Pickle
Either Nickelback needs to encourage more fans to join Facebook or perhaps the Canadian band’s fans just need to up their support.

A group on Facebook called “Can this pickle get more fans than Nickleback” recently proved that people are willing to pick sides when it comes to pickled cucumbers.

The group was created Feb. 3 and reached its goal of beating Nickelback’s 1,380,820 fans last Friday. As of this posting, Nickelback currently has 1,421,517 fans compared to the pickle’s 1,475,010.

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MuchMusic Video Awards, Toronto, Canada

A Facebook user called Coral Anne started the pro-Pickle group as a joke earlier this month, according to Reuters. The Facebook group spelled the band’s name incorrectly to get around Facebook rules and protect the user against copyright infringement.

Coral Anne said she was inspired by a Facebook group called “Can this onion ring get more fans than Justin Bieber.”

“This is all strictly intended for humour and nothing more or less,” Coral Anne wrote. “I am not using this page to endorse any hate towards the band Nickelback. … I do not wish Nickelback or any other bands any ill will and hope they would see the same humour in making this page as I have.”

The onion ring’s Facebook page notes that the group was terminated by a Facebook administrator for “Reason #12. Hateful/Harmful messages towards another person.”

Shakira & Obama
Shakira’s week is off to a busy start.

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New Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

After attended meetings in Washington D.C., with staff from the National Security Council and the Domestic Policy Council about early childhood development, the Colombian singer stuck around the White House to talk about U.S. policy toward children with President Barack Obama.

A White House official confirmed the meet-up but spoke only on the condition of anonymity because the meeting wasn’t on the president’s public schedule.

When not doing her thing on stage, Shakira works as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and advocates for children living in poverty.