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August 19, 2019

Rundown: What happened and what’s happening next

May 26, 2018
The Academic schooled Brooklyn rockers and are now headed to Canada. (MPNC/Star Shooter/MediaPunch / BACKGR)

This is Confidential’s weekly round-up of events worth noting, some because of what happened and others because of what might happen.

Fresh off opening for the Rolling Stones in their native Ireland, the Academic headed to the next best place: Brooklyn.
The four-piece indie rockers opened for The Kooks at Brooklyn Steel Wednesday night, and told us backstage after their set they were thrilled to be in the Big Apple if for no reason other than the pizza.
“It’s my favorite city in the world… You can fill yourself for dinner on $3!,” the lads marveled.
The band, whose name was inspired by Holden Caulfield’s musings in “The Catcher in the Rye,” also reminisced on a recent night out that solidified their up-and-coming rock star status.
“We met an ex-Irish football player in Manchester one time (on tour) and we ended up partying with him,” they told us. “Long story short, we ended up being invited to this crazy billionaire’s house and they just wanted us to play. It was just a very weird day.”
Fans wanting to see the Academic’s next show will have to study a little geography. They’re playing 500 miles from Brooklyn at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on Tuesday. – Rachel DeSantis

Shaquille O'Neal's $28 million house in Orlando is for sale.
Shaquille O’Neal’s $28 million house in Orlando is for sale. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Basketball big man Shaquille O’Neal has placed his Orlando, Florida, mansion on the market for $1 million per room. The 28-room lakefront pad is selling for $28 million, according to Shaq played with the Orlando Magic from 1992 to 1996, then left Disney World for Disney Land when the Los Angeles Lakers signed him for $121 million. The 46-year-old Newark, N.J., native retired from the NBA in 2011 and now works as an basketball analyst in Atlanta for TNT. The 6,000-square-foot Orlando home features an indoor basketball court and according to its listing, is “Completely customized to fit his varied lifestyle.” Considering O’Neal is 7’1 and weighs in around 325 lbs., the house is meant for someone who lives large. It also includes a 17-car garage. – Brian Niemietz

Shaq's pad in Florida has a basketball court and a 17-car garage.
Shaq’s pad in Florida has a basketball court and a 17-car garage. (

Jack Black, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Bell, Julia Roberts, Ed Sheeran, Marlon Wayans and Zooey Deschanel were among the stars who helped NBC raise $42 million to fight child poverty through the Red Nose Day charity. That was $2 million over the organization’s lofty goal. Helping the effort were actresses Anne Hathaway and Olivia Munn, who sat in a dunk tank in a televised special that included participants talking about their hopes to aid children of the poor and, of course, sometimes donning red costume noses while doing so. – B.N.

Anne Hathaway raised $42 million for impoverished kids by getting wet in a dunk tank.
Anne Hathaway raised $42 million for impoverished kids by getting wet in a dunk tank. (NBC/Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Tennis star Roger Federer was honored Thursday night in Paris, even though he isn’t participating in the French Open, which gets underway this weekend. The 20-time Grand Slam winner was feted at the famed Pavillon Ledoyen resaurant, where champagne company Moet & Chandon provided a preview of their Grand Vintage magnum bottles, which will price at $19,998 each when they go on sale July 1. There will be only 20 bottles made available worldwide and all proceeds benefit the Roger Federer Foundation, which aids education in underserved communities worldwide. In attendance were Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, actress Melissa George, tennis pros Stefan Edberg and Tommy Haas, and model Natalia Vodianova.- B.N.

Roger Federer served up a different kind of game in Paris.
Roger Federer served up a different kind of game in Paris. (Courtesy of Moët and Chandon)

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