Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton plays the field

Giancarlo Stanton is Ocean Drive’s cover for April
Giancarlo Stanton is Ocean Drive’s cover for April Photo by RANDALL SLAVIN

Miami Marlin superstar, Giancarlo Stanton, aka the $325 million dollar man, works his smoldering athletic build in Ocean Drive’s April issue. The 25-year-old outfielder will be duly feted Thursday evening at the magazine’s VIP party at the spanking new 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach.

Oh and yes — he’s a bachelor. But Stanton told the glossy that status may change: “You see some of the players with their families and kids in the clubhouse, and it’s really cool to watch their development…So, yeah, I definitely want a family. The future family, the future wife could be anywhere. You don’t necessarily go searching for it on all these match.coms and stuff, but she’ll come. I’m not worried about it.”


Skull images by Miami photographer/visual artist Jonathan Brooks will be featured on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. The episode, titled I Could Never Love Like That, airs 8 p.m. April 16.

It’s a good fit.

“I’ve loved vampires since I was a kid,” says Brooks. “From the books of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, to films like the classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi to the modern 30 Days Of Night.”

There will be a viewing party for the UM grad’s episode at Deli Lane’s Sunset Tavern in South Miami.


Up for a drive, Downton Abbey fans? Actor Bob Balaban will sit for a Q&A session at the Florida Film Festival after a screening of Gosford Park. Balaban was an Oscar nominee for producing Robert Altman’s 2001 film. The evening ($25) starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday April 12 at the Enzian in Maitland, Florida, about four hours’ north.

Balaban plays Morris Weissman in the movie. The glittery cast also includes Abbey costar Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Alan Bates and Kristin Scott Thomas. They all won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble in a movie.

Balaban’s various other credits range from Seinfeld, The Good Wife and Girls to Absence of Malice and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Ask away: Balaban will have many stories to share.

The fest starts Friday; the other big name guest is Sam Rockwell, who will chat moviegoers after a screening of his 2009 freaky astronaut movie Moon at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at the Enzian ($45).

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