Here’s What The Cast Of “The Mummy” Looks Like 19 Years Later

Here’s What The Cast Of “The Mummy” Looks Like 19 Years Later

What he’s up to: Fehr has continued to have a successful career in both film and television. He reprised his role in The Mummy Returns, and had notable roles in the Resident Evil series and Deuce Bigalow films. You may also recognise him from Sleeper Cell, Charmed, V, Covert Affairs, NCIS, and 24: Legacy.

Bonus fact: Fehr is a prominent voice-actor and has appeared in animated series like Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and, most recently, in the video game Destiny 2.

Here’s What Really Happens Behind The Scenes Of Rap Videos

Here’s What Really Happens Behind The Scenes Of Rap Videos

Photographer Brian Finke has a reputation for fully immersing himself deep within niches of US culture. His subjects — as varied as cheerleaders and flight attendants to US Marshals and construction workers — are part of the everyday fabric of life in the US, but when captured by Finke’s camera, are revealed to be more complex than what meets the eye.

His new book, Hip Honey Honeys, sheds light on a cornerstone of contemporary culture — the rap video. For three years, Brian Finke embedded himself behind the scenes of videos by artists such as Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, and Jay-Z, focusing not on the musicians and their entourages, but rather the women employed as extras on the sets.

Here, Brian Finke shares with BuzzFeed News a selection of pictures from the book and his words on what actually happens behind the scenes of high-profile hip-hop videos.

My favorite process in photography is storytelling, so really I wanted these pictures to touch on different emotions. So in this book, you will find pictures where the women look amazing and empowered, owning it — then there are others that capture more the subtle, awkward moments of working on the set of a rap video.

The whole production of a video is about creating a scene and a look and developing a myth around it. The simplest way to put it is that so much of this culture is fake — fame, money, fake guns, all the cars are rented. It’s an interesting contrast to what the preconception would be to being there.

It’s all smoke and mirrors.

This book stems from my editorial work — W Magazine had sent me to Coachella to photograph a pool party hosted by Rihanna and I immediately fell in love with the subject matter. For me, the idea of shooting behind the scenes of these videos was just an awesome world and vignette to explore.

I worked through a casting director here in New York and would be granted access to the sets where his models would be working. The pictures in this book document all these behind-the-scenes, backstage moments that happen while these videos are taking place.

It’s anywhere from A-, B-, and C-level artists — from high-end stuff with exquisite wardrobes and productions to the lower-end stuff, which allowed me to get right up in there and be very close to the moment.

Both ends of the spectrum allowed for different and unique images.

When I show up, whether I’m working on this project or on assignment, I’m always very straightforward and introduce myself. I always tell people up front what I’m doing, that’s just something I’d appreciate if someone was going to take my picture. Still, there were tons of hurdles I encountered over the course of this project, which is really the nature of the world of rap video shoots.

Everything is extremely last minute — the casting director would be out at the club the night before with one of the artists or with the producer or director, then he would text me in the middle of the night and say, “Let’s meet up here.” For these shoots, whatever the call time might be, you’re lucky if you’re shooting just five hours late.

It’s very spontaneous in the way these videos come together. It’s also very easy to be frustrated with the entire process, so it’s easier just to roll with it.

One day I could be photographing a mansion in New Jersey — a Busta Rhymes video with an intense combination of Lamborghinis, models, craziness; then the next could be some pool party out in Long Island. During one shoot, we snuck into the Gramercy Park Hotel and everyone was just partying in there, uninvited.

You’re never really sure what to expect until you show up on set.

When I first started working on this project, I felt as if the pictures I was making were glorifying the culture of these videos too much. The models and everyone in the pictures looked amazing, so I sat back and realized that the story I wanted to tell was one that was more rounded.

For me, that’s something I like about the process of doing something over an extended period of time — it just allows the chance to just sit with the pictures and let them resonate, offering a chance to determine what the next best direction is to go.

I wouldn’t describe my pictures as voyeuristic. For me, it’s important to be very much in the moment, to make you as a viewer feel as if you are actually there, allowing viewers to experience the moment and to have a sense of the characters and place. My physical approach is very much a fly on the wall. Letting things unfold and just happen is important for my work.

I think that’s a wonderful thing about photography — it offers a strong sense of being in places and discovering how the scene might unfold before the camera.

Here’s the aspect of self-driving car testing that’s not dominated by Apple or Google

Here’s the aspect of self-driving car testing that’s not dominated by Apple or Google

Last week, Apple’s secretive, self-driving car project got some attention for adding more cars approved for testing in California.

But despite the company’s big name and the heightened curiosity over the iPhone-maker’s foray into autonomous vehicles, the winner here is not the company you’d expect.

We looked at the past few months of reports from the California DMV’s self-driving permit program to see which of the 50-plus (and growing) companies involved are stepping up its testing. Only two companies — Waymo, the self-driving car program from Google, and one other that has not been publicly revealed at this time — have applied for permits for the state’s truly driverless testing program, which would allow for an empty vehicle.

In terms of cars currently allowed to test drive on the California road, GM’s Cruise Automation dominates the big players. With 104 vehicles — named after the condor, hippo, wolverine, scorpion, puma, crayfish, and mongoose (according to the company’s last disengagement report from December) and of course, those ubiquitous Chevy Bolts — the startup-turned-major-car-company project has a large fleet with which to attempt to hit its target. By 2019, the company plans to offer a self-driving car service.

A company spokesperson for Cruise Automation made clear that although the total reported cars can technically drive with the self-driving tech, it doesn’t mean that many are out on the road, and almost certainly not all at once. But here in the Bay Area, it makes sense why those white Chevy Bolt Cruise vehicles appear to be everywhere — GM has way more cars than any other company, and have for months.

Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment about its growing autonomous vehicle project — aside from DMV reports, the company hasn’t publicized or shared anything about the team, the cars, tech, testing milestones, or any partners, goals or timelines.

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But the picture on the road is different from just a year ago. Then, Cruise was trailing Waymo’s 79 approved vehicles with its 31. 

Looking at miles driven in autonomous mode — a key indicator in the autonomous testing race — Waymo is still firmly ahead: It logged 4 million miles across the U.S. by the end of November, and the company now says it’s at more than 5 million self-driven miles. In its end-of-year report in December, Waymo said it had completed 352,545 miles in autonomous mode in California.

GM’s Cruise, comparatively, reported 125,000 miles on San Francisco streets.

Before Uber dropped its California testing permit (hence the zero vehicles in the latest report) after a fatal crash in Arizona, Uber was around 3 million autonomous miles.

Apple will file its first report later this year.

Like Cruise, Waymo has ambitious goals, like offering a self-driving car service in Phoenix by the end of this year. 

In the self-driving industry, other measuring metrics like miles per intervention (when a human has to take over from the machine) could be examined to tell which company is ahead, but these metrics are not standardized or consistently tracked. So it’s a pretty muddled terrain out there to predict which company is truly leading.

The race to autonomy continues.

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