Downey calms tot upset at missing ‘Iron Man’

SUNDERLAND, Mass. — Robert Downey Jr. may not be a real superhero, but he sure acted like one for a little Massachusetts boy.

Heather Denno took her 1½-year-old son Jaxson to watch filming for the movie “The Judge,” starring Downey, in her hometown of Sunderland this week.

Downey, star of the “Iron Man” movies, spotted the little boy and went over to say hello.

Heather Denno told Jaxson that Downey was “Iron Man.”

Confused because of the lack of the trademark metallic red-and-gold suit, Jaxson burst into tears. Downey put a comforting hand on the boy and calmed him.

Haggard honored by Cal State Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — They call him “The Hag,” but now Merle Haggard can answer to “doctor” as well.

Haggard was presented an honorary doctorate Friday by California State University, Bakersfield.

The doctor of fine arts honor was conferred during School of Arts & Humanities commencement ceremonies that also celebrated the late Buck Owens.

The university does not bestow honorary doctorates posthumously, so Owens was instead awarded the President’s Medal.

The music of Haggard and Owens exemplifies country music’s “Bakersfield Sound.”

Kobe and Kimmel to talk for charity in LA

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant will sit down with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel for a conversation at the Nokia Theatre on Aug. 15 to raise money toward eliminating homelessness in the Los Angeles area.

“Kobe Up Close” will feature the NBA star talking about his career and sharing some of his favorite stories with Kimmel.

All proceeds will benefit the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which is partnering with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Sports Spectacular to help underserved communities.

Connick writes song for Newtown victim

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Harry Connick Jr. has written a song in honor of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Newtown school shooting.

Connick this week released the song “Love Wins,” dedicated to Ana Grace Marquez-Greene. He says proceeds will go to the Ana Grace Fund set up to help the girl’s family.

Connick played with the girl’s jazz saxophonist father, Jimmy Greene, and sang at the funeral for Ana, one of 20 first-graders and six adults killed in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Greene is scheduled to receive the Governor’s Arts Award at a ceremony Saturday at the International Festival for Arts and Ideas in New Haven.

Associated Press