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    Famed Argentine-American architect Cesar Pelli, known for designing some of the world's tallest and most iconic buildings, has died. He was 92. Anibal Bellomio, a senior associate architect at Pelli's Connecticut studio, confirmed Saturday that Pelli died peacefully on Friday at his home in New Haven. Pelli was the former dean of the Yale University School of Architecture and a lecturer at the school, where he received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the Pelli's best-known works. The twin 1,483-foot-tall skyscrapers are among the world's tallest buildings. He is also known for designing the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and Brookfield Place, formerly the World Financial Center, a downtown Manhattan skyscraper complex. Pelli spoke of architecture's being a social art.
  • Felicity Huffman's co-stars in a new Netflix movie say they found her remorseful about her role in a college admissions scandal. Actress Angela Bassett said Huffman appears ready to take whatever steps are necessary in her case. Patricia Arquette said she believes Huffman feels terrible about her participation in the case. Huffman didn't meet reporters to promote the film 'Otherhood,' which premieres Aug. 2 on Netflix. She pleaded guilty in May to paying $15,000 to a college admissions consultant to have a proctor correct her daughter's answers on the SAT. The film's producer says that Huffman's character portrays a mother who believes that her own actions can make anything possible for her child.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and 'offered to personally vouch for his bail.' Trump tweeted that during a 'a very good call' with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, he also 'assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk.' The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been in custody since early this month over an alleged fight. Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president had said in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to try to free Rocky, whose real name is Rakim May. 'Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!' Trump wrote Saturday after speaking with Lofven. The Swedish prime minister issued a statement earlier Saturday saying he would be glad to speak with Trump about A$AP Rocky's detention but that his government 'cannot and will not attempt to influence prosecutors or courts.' 'I understand that President Trump has a personal interest in the case....He has expressed the desire for a conversation with me, which is certainly positive,' Lofven said. 'I will explain that the Swedish judicial system is independent. In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law, and this includes visitors from other countries.' Rocky has been behind bars while Swedish police investigate the fight in Stockholm he allegedly was in before appearing at a music festival. Videos published on social media appear to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Rocky. A defense lawyer has said it was self-defense. Other recording artists have spoken on his behalf, including Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj and Post Malone.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes Russians and Ukrainians constitute one nation and that the countries should find a way to integrate. Putin made the comments in an interview with the American film director Oliver Stone on June 19; material from the interview was used in a Stone film about Ukraine and the full transcript was published by the Kremlin on Friday. 'I believe that Russians and Ukrainians are one people ... one nation, in fact,' Putin said. 'When these lands that are now the core of Ukraine joined Russia ... nobody thought of themselves as anything but Russians.' In light of this bond, Putin said 'we can use this as our competitive advantage during some form of integration.
  • Veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam was stabbed in the stomach Saturday while attending an event in southern China, with police saying his injuries were not life-threatening. The motive was unclear. A suspect was detained following the attack in the Zhongshan Huoju Development Zone in Guangdong province, police said. The 64-year-old actor underwent a minor operation at a hospital in Zhongshan city, his manager Lester Mo said. 'He was stabbed in the tummy area and also got a cut on his right hand,' Mo said. He was still being treated for injuries to the four fingers of his right hand. Yam, who is also known by his Chinese name Yam Tat-wah, has appeared in more than 125 movies and 40 television series. He played the villain Chen Lo in the 2003 Hollywood film 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
  • Game of Thrones' may be over but the cast can't seem to get away from stray coffee cups. Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead Wright and others took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con Friday evening for a goodbye panel and found some waiting at their places. It was a cheeky reference to the misplaced coffee cup that viewers spotted in an episode of the final season that subsequently went viral. Although the moderator didn't make them answer for the coffee, actor John Bradley did have to defend himself against the other out-of-place item in the finale: The water bottle by his foot. 'I am right handed. I've thought about this very strongly,' Bradley said, making a case that he would have put the bottle on the other side if it was his. 'I'm not trying to clear my name, but ... I think I've taken enough blame for this one.' The cast was in good spirits after years of attending Comic-Con and not being able to reveal anything at the panels. Finally they were allowed to talk about things. The big Hall H audience cheered to find out some of their favorite lines: Williams chose her own character's battle cry, 'Not today,' while Conleth Hill went for his co-star Peter Dinklage's, 'I drink and I know things.' They also indulged in some fan theories, cleared up some burning questions and speculated about what happens after the finale. Wright said that he can't imagine Bran's new government is a 'barrel of laughs.' 'Westeros is probably a surveillance state,' he said. But perhaps there is more fun happening on the new small council, according to Bradley. 'It basically turns into 'The Office,'' he said. Cunningham posited that a spinoff could be called 'Better Call Davos.' As for Arya and her quest to go 'west of Westeros,' Williams said, 'I'm sure she's having a wonderful time, like Dora the Explorer minus the bob.' And Jacob Anderson thinks Grey Worm is off starting a new society with 'a Wakanda kind of vibe.' There was some discussion of the divisiveness of the eighth and final season, although likely not as much as there would have been had showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss been in attendance as originally scheduled. 'Look at the amount of people here,' Hill said, gesturing to the 8,000-some people in Hall H. 'We're very grateful to your fandom over the years ... this is the reality as opposed to the media-led hate campaign.' Coster-Waldau said every season of 'Game of Thrones' has been divisive in its own way, from Ned Stark's fate to the 'Red Wedding.' 'Obviously when it comes to an end it's going to (expletive) you off no matter what because it's the end,'Coster-Waldau said. 'Just don't call people names.' Benioff and Weiss dropped off the schedule at the last minute, as did actors Iain Glen and Nathalie Emmanuel and director Miquel Sapochnik. Their absence was not addressed during the panel. But everyone at Hall H seemed to be enjoying the victory lap. Earlier this week, 'Game of Thrones' scored 32 Emmy nominations. It was a single year Primetime Emmy nomination record. In addition to a best drama series nod, which the show has won four times, there were a handful of acting nominations for Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in leading performances, Dinklage, Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Lena Headey, Williams, Sophie Turner and Gwendoline Christie in supporting performances, and Carice van Houten as a guest star. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allen, Christie and van Houten all self-submitted for consideration, which involves paying a $225 entry fee, 'Game of Thrones' ended this past May after 8 seasons. Its finale brought in a series record 19.3 million viewers. --- Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.comm/ldbahr
  • Listen all weekend for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood on July 24 at The Plaza Theatre.
  • A music festival in southern Idaho has been canceled because organizers say they feared potential raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The music festival called the El Tour de Idaho de Los Inquietos was supposed to take place in Jerome on Saturday. Event organizers with the Colombia Event Center posted the cancellation notice on Facebook. Leo Morales of ACLU of Idaho said he couldn't confirm that any Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were in southern Idaho, but he said community members were panicked. 'Immigration is doing their work on a daily basis, that is true,' Morales said. 'That's what they do. It is important for all community members, regardless of their immigration status, to know their rights in regards to law enforcement.' Jerome City Police Dan Hall said he didn't have information about ICE agents in the area. 'It is absolutely possible that ICE could do a raid and we wouldn't know about it,' he said. Hall said the agency is not required to tell local law enforcement that it is conducting raids. But he did say ICE would inform local police if its activity involves a case that police are already working. Ticketholders were told to get refunds from where they purchased tickets. ___ This story has been corrected to say that Jerome City Police Dan Hall said he didn't have information about ICE agents in the area.
  • Avengers: Endgame' directors Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a victory lap at San Diego Comic-Con Friday. The brothers reflected on their blockbuster being so close to matching 'Avatar's' all-time box office record and even fielded questions from some unlikely fans. 'Avengers' stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Paul Rudd grilled their directors via video message on everything from who is the smartest Avenger to what Captain America did after completing his big task in 'Endgame.' 'By the way has, anyone not seen 'Endgame?'' Joe Russo asked, as the crowd of 8,000 laughed. 'If not you should leave now.' It was a mostly tongue-in-cheek question. Not only is Comic-Con home base for some of Marvel's most enthusiastic fans, but there also aren't many moviegoers who didn't see 'Avengers: Endgame' earlier this summer. The film has grossed $2.782 billion to date, just shy of 'Avatar's' record of $2.788 billion. 'Give yourself a round of applause,' Joe Russo said to the audience. 'You made the Marvel Universe happen and we couldn't be more grateful.' The directors riffed about who needs the most takes on set (Anthony Mackie) and who gets it in 'one shot' (Scarlett Johannsson), revealed that they had a monthslong conversation about the length of Captain Marvel's hair, and the most emotional day on the set of 'Endgame' (Robert Downey Jr.'s last day). For fans, the highlight of the panel was when a few of the Avengers appeared on screen to ask their directors some questions, even if they evaded answering most. Ruffalo wanted to know if the Hulk is now the smartest and strongest Avenger. Evans asked what the next thing Captain American does after he gets his dance with Peggy. 'Perhaps he and Peggy tried to make a baby?' Anthony Russo responded. 'I think he went to the bathroom,' said Joe Ruso. The Russos' have had a good run with Marvel, having directed four films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They don't have any official future plans with the comic giant, but they did say they would love to direct an adaptation of the Marvel comic 'Secret Wars.' The brothers are already on to their next projects as producers. One reunites them with 'Spider-Man' star Tom Holland on a movie about the opioid crisis set in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Another will see Michael B. Jordan star in 'The Thomas Crown Affair.' They also announced that they'll be producing adaptations of the cult comic 'Grimjack' and 'Battle of the Planets' with their AGBO production banner. But the big Marvel news is yet to come at the annual fan convention. Saturday evening, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will take the stage in Hall H where many expect him to announce plans for the next phase of Marvel films. Although details of what exactly will happen and who might appear at this point are being more closely guarded than one of the series' infinity stones. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr
  • A Texas jury has convicted a teenage rapper of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a man during a home invasion. The Tarrant County jury on Friday found 19-year-old Taymor McIntyre of Arlington guilty for his role in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker at Walker's home in Mansfield, southeast of Fort Worth. The man who shot Walker was sentenced last year to life in prison. Prosecutors have said McIntyre was charged with murder because he recruited the triggerman and organized the robbery. McIntyre also was convicted of aggravated robbery. He pleaded guilty Monday to two other counts of aggravated robbery related to the home invasion. He faces a punishment of life in prison. McIntyre rapped under the name Tay-K and his 2017 single 'The Race' appeared on Billboard's Hot 100.