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Red Bull Posts Baumgartner Sky Dive Video, Gets Eight Million Live Views [UPDATE]

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 16, 2012 at 4:16PM

No, Red Bull did not use Tom Petty's "Free Falling" as background music, nor does this slick after-the-fact video capture the real-time anxiety of watching Austrian Felix Baumgartner, 43, take his record-setting, sound-barrier breaking stratospheric 127,900-foot jump, 24 miles above Roswell, New Mexico.
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Felix Baumgartner and Technical Project Director Art Thompson
AP Felix Baumgartner and Technical Project Director Art Thompson

No, Red Bull did not use Tom Petty's "Free Falling" or Adele's "Skyfall" as background music, nor does this slick after-the-fact video capture the real-time anxiety of watching Austrian Felix Baumgartner, 43, take his record-setting, sound-barrier breaking stratospheric 127,900-foot jump, 24 miles above Roswell, New Mexico.

But for those of you who missed it live on Sunday, here it is. Yes, redbullstratos.com will have traffic (eight million tuned in live); videos are all over YouTube. Baumgartner broke the record for highest jump but not for longest free fall. More details here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.