Landon Liboiron looks familiar, doesn’t he? Perhaps you recognize him from Degrassi: the Next Generation, or Fox’s short-lived sci-fi thriller Terra Nova, but this handsome young face will soon be all up in your Netflix as the star of the new Hemlock Grove, which debuts Friday, April 19. Based on the novel by Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove is an original horror series that uses the same Netflix-only format as the popular House of Cards. Expect tons of blood and gore, thanks to director Eli Roth, who likes to keep things a little messy (see Hostel, Hostel II). Playing Peter Rumancek, a gypsy kid who rolls into town to find things, well, a little off, it’s clear from the start that Liboiron is going to have some crazy stuff happen to his character. "It’s a bone-shaking experience," says the Canadian-born actor, who lives in Vancouver and shoots in Los Angeles. "The show is an interesting look at mythical, gothic creatures like werewolves and Frankenstein. It rips open the vampire genre happening now and makes it bloody and raw. But it’s all about people. It shows how animal human beings can be." We caught up with Landon in LA, a beast in its own right, to find out where he finds sanctuary when he’s not battling the undead. Click here to let Liboiron take you to some of his favorite escapes in the City of Angels.
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Have you heard the wonderful news? Wall Street is back, having just reached another record high. Oh, what a glorious day this is. What, you mean you’re not feeling the trickle down effect from all that money changing hands? Then you’re not working hard enough. No, I don’t mean working at your job, you know that won’t get you anywhere. You’re not working hard enough to find a Wall Street sugar daddy or sugar mama to take care of you. But we’re here to help you, Mr./Ms. 99%. Here’s a list of places where New York’s richest, horniest bankers will be buying rounds and looking for, well, let’s call it "love" tonight. Wear something sexy, learn to appreciate armagnac (the fanciest ‘gnac of them all), and you’ll be between high-threadcount sheets before you can say "too big to fail." Click here to see our latest Top List: Top NYC Spots to Hook Up With Rich Wall Streeters.
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Fat. It’s kind of a bad word these days. You really shouldn’t call somebody fat, regardless of their heft. Yet, like so many offensive terms, there are those who have co-opted it, and use it as a signifier. Not surprisingly, New York bars and restaurants are on the forefront of the trend, so in honor of Fat Tuesday, instead of listing places to pig out, we’re directing you to New York’s best bars and restaurants with the word "fat" in the name. Just for the hell of it. So click on over to our latest Top List, New York Bars and Restaurants with Fat In the Name. Yes, obviously we’re feeling silly on this snowy Friday afternoon.
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Because December 31st would be too warm elsewhere, you decided to ring in 2013 in gloomy, ice-covered Chicago. No matter, we’ve brought you the undeniably hottest list of New Year’s Eve parties the Windy City has to offer, guaranteed to defrost your post-holiday blues and get your blood flowing with booze. Click over to our latest Top List, Top Chicago New Year’s Eve Parties to Welcome 2013, and dance the year away in style.
White folk can’t dance or jump, but they’re hard to beat when it comes to cultural appropriation. To the list of stuff white people like to do, you can add cooking Asian food. New York’s preference for authenticity once made it a rarity for western chefs to take on eastern cuisine, but more and more big names are trying their hand at the canon. It’s not just about obsessing over Thai food, either. New York palates are expanding, with Balinese, Yunnan, and Filipino flavors now in the mix. To see where the city’s top chefs are rocking the wok, click on over to our latest Top List and check out the city’s best western chef/eastern taste mashups.
Tired of pounding beers with your boring friends in dirty, crowded bars every weekend? Get away to the luxurious island of St. Barths in the French West Indies, and mingle with the world’s rich and famous. Find out where they party ‘til dawn when they get sick of cold weather and paparazzi in our comprehensive, indisputable list of hot St. Barth’s hangouts.
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Today’s word is après, as in après-ski cocktails. It’s an important word to know, because at posh ski resorts like Aspen, the après scene is as important as the ski scene. They’re two halves of a snow-filled whole. You spend all day schussing down the slopes (to schuss, by the way, is to ski directly down a slope at high speed, rather than slaloming from side to side, which is what I thought it meant based on how the word sounds) and want an appropriately lively place to celebrate your adventures while you still feel the swaying of the ganjala (see link) in your bones. And in Aspen, you’ve got plenty of options, so we pulled together the best après-ski bars to come down after a powder-filled day, and maybe meet a new friend to keep you warm as the sun sinks behind the mountain. So click on over to our latest Top List, appropriately titled Where To Après in Aspen, and get your high-elevation drink on.
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Into going out? Download the free, GPS-enabled BlackBook City Guides app for your iPhone or Android and always know the best spots to hit, wherever you are. And if you want to stay on top of all the major openings and events in your city of choice, sign up for BlackBook Happenings, a fun, informative, non-spammy email newsletter with the latest and greatest goings-on, delivered to your inbox every Monday.
Everyone needs a summer escape in the winter, whether it’s a trip to Aruba or a night in your apartment in a bikini with the heat on full-blast. But when you can’t leave the city and you have to get out of your apartment, then head to one of these top bars for that retreat. Stocked with everything from surfboards, frozen margaritas, fireplaces, bocce courts, and Hamptons décor, things are bound to get toasty and steamy – and sunburn-free. So hot, in fact, you might feel tempted to strip off all your clothes and run around naked screaming “I’M FREE I’M FREE AND SIZZLING HOT” Please know that I second that emotion and you have my blessing. Introducing: New York’s Top Bars For A Summer Escape.
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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re kind of excited about the new SLS Hotel South Beach. In a city of slick, stylish hotels filled with the young, rich, and beautiful, it’s the slickest, most stylish, most young-, rich-, and beautiful-filled of the bunch. And so we want to party there, and you probably do too. In order to do so, you’ve got to know where to go, since the place has all kinds of dining and drinking spots. And that leads to our latest Top List, which is aptly titled A Spirited Roundup of Dining and Drinking Spots at the New SLS South Beach. Click, read, and party.