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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' 07x11 — RECAP

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Ranking the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race is neither a science nor an art. This season especially there hasn’t been a single queen that’s been able to consistently dominate across a variety of challenges the way that Bianca del Rio was able to crush comedy, create custom couture and conform to a variety of scripted challenges. It’s as if this season’s batch of contestants has multiple leads depending on the day.

I certainly didn’t see tonight’s elimination coming, which says just as much about this season’s roller coaster ride as it does my own terrible guessing ability.

Let’s have a kiki and discuss the episode, AFTER THE JUMP

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What To Watch This Week On TV: 'Bessie' Sings The Blues; A Must-See 'Drag Race' Lip Sync

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— The allegedly bisexual blues star Bessie Smith gets the biopic treatment in HBO’s Bessie. The film stars Queen Latifah in the titular role, with Mo’Nique as her mentor, Ma Rainey. The film premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. on HBO.

Another topnotch lip sync, finales for Grey's and Scandal, and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Meanwhile, In Westeros: 'Game Of Thrones' 05x05 [Recap] - SPOILERS

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Even though tonight’s Game of Thrones episode, titled “Kill the Boy,” had a few key revelations and surprises, it felt a little disappointing to not see any updates from King’s Landing. Also missed tonight, any scenes with young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

That doesn’t mean we were short on action. There was one particularly gruesome moment in Meereen, plus a thrilling battle in Valyria.

Let’s hash out the details, AFTER THE JUMP

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Gay Acrobat Proposes to His Boyfriend in Groundbreaking Moment Live on Italian TV: WATCH

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In a moment never before seen on Italian TV, a gay couple got engaged.

The proposal took place on Italia's Got Talent, after Les Farfadais, a troupe of acrobatic dancers, performed a routine to "The Power of Love". One of the dancers then got down on one knee, and after his boyfriend said "yes" the couple kissed on stage.

The judges Vanessa Incontrada, Claudio Bisio, Nina Zilli, Luciana Littizzetto and Frank Matano, were as stunned as the audience, who cheered for the couple.

Said the show's host: "I swear that this marriage proposal was not in the lineup."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Italy, of course, does not have marriage equality but has been making modest moves toward it in recent months.

In February, Italy's highest appeals court ruled that same-sex marriage is not a constitutional right but that gay couples are entitled to certain rights and protections.

Rome's Mayor married 16 gay couples last October in defiance of Italy's laws. Rome has also created a register of civil unions for same-sex couples. Bologna  came out in favor of recognizing same-sex unions in September.

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Netflix's 'Sens8' Is A Sci-Fi Exploration Of Individuality And Identity: WATCH

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The first trailer for Sens8, the new Netflix original sci-fi series created by the Wachowskis has dropped, and it looks phenomenal. Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers from across the world who inexplicably develop a telepathic bond with one another. Their gestalt mind not only allows them to share thought and memories, but it also challenges them to question what it means to be an individual.

“It’s a global story told on a planetary scale about human transcendence and what it ultimately means to be human in a contemporary society,” Sens8 co-creator Joe Straczynski explained to Buzzfeed.

Sense8Sens8’s cast is as diverse as its settings, connecting the lives of a handful of different men and women in ways that digs into how we traditionally think of our identities. Imagine if you, a gay man, suddenly began to experience the thoughts and memories of a straight, black transwoman you’d never met before. Everything you know about yourself begins to suffuse with a foreign identity and soon enough, you’re not quite sure who you are anymore. That’s the kind of experience Sens8’s characters find themselves faced with, Straczynski explains.

“It starts off with sensory input, then gradually, it becomes more and more literal where you’re in a room by yourself, but there’s somebody else there and you’re in San Francisco, but that character is in Seoul,” he elaborated. “You see each other in the same room no one else can see, but you can see them and you have a conversation and that person knows parts of you and knows things about you.”

In 1999 Lana and Andy Wachowski changed the way that we think about science fiction films with the Matrix. Ever since the duo first introduced us to cinematic bullet time and the magic of wire fighting, they’ve worked hard to recapture filmgoers’ wonder with a series of subsequent films that have landed rather flat.

Depending on who you ask, time was one of the things that stood in the way of the Wachowski’s Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas, and Jupiter Ascending. Working within the confines of a film studio’s direction, many Wachowski fans insist, ultimately led to their post-Matrix films not living up to all the hype. Perhaps with twelve hour-long episodes to tell their next epic tale, the Wachowskis can strike gold once again.

Check out the first trailer for Sense8 AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' 07x09 — RECAP

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It's getting down to the wire, and so we've got to be prepared to mourn the loss of any of the remaining queens on RuPaul's Drag Race. Tonight's challenge put the queens to werk, hunny. It was one of only a few challenges that I feel like really pushed everyone. The dance challenge was not easy, and even the runway look demanded a degree of creativity. 

Let's untuck some of the details of tonight's episode, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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