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Star Wars invades Earth’s skies in pulse-pounding drone-powered dogfight

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gave audiences plenty of in-atmosphere dogfights between X-wings and TIE fighters, something that had rarely been seen before. Now, the crew at Corridor Digital have taken that idea one step further by creating epic dogfight videos using drones, GoPros, 3D-printed cockpits and “Star Wars” figures.

Using drones from Rotor Riot, the Corridor Digital team filmed GoPro footage of drones going head to head in the skies. They then 3D-printed some X-wing and TIE fighter cockpits, filmed them making all the moves separately, and mashed the footage together for a jaw-dropping action sequence. There’s even a surprise Sith reveal at the end.

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Comics A.M. | Man sentenced for role in plot to kill cartoonist

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Legal | Mohammad Hassan Khalid was sentenced last week in Philadelphia to five years in prison for his part in a failed 2009 plan to kill Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoonist who drew the head of the Prophet Mohammed on the body of a dog. Khalid, now 20, was a teenager and an honors student when he became involved with Colleen LaRose, aka “Jihad Jane,” who in January was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her part in the plot. Prosecutors pointed to the fact that Khalid also translated violent jihad videos into English, which may have helped recruit new terrorists, but they also asked for leniency because he cooperated with them after his arrest. The defense claimed he was simply a vulnerable, awkward teenager who has since been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Khalid, who had been offered a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University but was arrested before graduating from high school, will get credit for the three years he has already served in prison. [Reuters]

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Superman takes us on a soaring GoPro journey in terrific fan film

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If as a kid you ever dreamed of viewing the world from Superman’s perspective, you finally have your chance: The good folks at Corridor Digital have created a video in which the Man of Steel finds a GoPro and straps it to his head, recording the journey as he returns the camera to its owner.

It’s a fun piece that not only provides a nice tour over, and through, Southern California, but shows off the talent of Corridor Digital, which has produced some other YouTube videos you may have seen. There’s also a lengthy look behind the scenes at the making of “Superman With a GoPro.” Watch them both below.

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