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Stars head to Miami for film festival


The Miami International Film Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with the premiere of the film Elsa & Fred with appearances by its stars, Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine. The festival will also host special screenings and events featuring Emilio and Gloria Estefan, John Turturro (this year’s Career Achievement Award recipient) and Steve “Spaz” Williams, known for his work on Jurassic Park, The Mask and Terminator 2. The fest will also welcome back John Leguizamo as special guest celebrity host for Open Windows, which stars Elijah Wood and former porn actress Sasha Grey. Awards Night will be attended by Andy Garcia, who stars in Rob the Mob. For a schedule and tickets, visit

An Unbreakable Bond, a film by Emilio Estefan documenting the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc and their almost-three decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries, will also debut at the festival at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets cost $14 and are available at

And in more Estefan news, Gloria will ride in a vintage Rolls-Royce convertible as the grand marshal of the sixth annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. She’ll be joined by producer/director/choreographer Kenny Ortega at the parade and festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 13 along Ocean Drive between Fifth and 15th streets.

The Bachelor's Juan Pablo Galavis was spotted on Friday at Zuma, casually dressed in an orange shirt and shorts, joining friends for a quick cocktail on the terrace.

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union had lunch Friday at Oak Tavern. Union, a regular, brought her man there for the first time.

New York Giants player Victor Cruz had dinner Thursday at Prime 112. On Friday, Simon Cowell was seen mugging for the paparazzi outside the restaurant.

Cruz was also seen hanging out Friday in the DJ booth at SL Miami at the James Royal Palm. Also there were Marcus Gilbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers Donte Whitner and Nick Moody and, separately, sneaker designer Ronnie Fieg.

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