LOS ANGELES - Production on "Iron Man 3" is on hold after star Robert Downey Jr. hurt his foot during filming.
Marvel Studios said Thursday that Downey was injured while performing a stunt and "there will be a short delay in production while he recuperates." The 47-year-old actor is shooting the third installment in the superhero franchise in North Carolina.
"Iron Man 3" is set for release next summer. Downey plays billionaire playboy Tony Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow is his love, Pepper Potts. Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley also star.
McCartney lends support
LONDON - Paul McCartney has sent support to a Russian punk band whose members face prison for a stunt against President Vladimir Putin.
In a letter released Thursday, the former Beatle urged three members of all-female band Pussy Riot to "stay strong" and called on authorities to allow them freedom of speech.
McCartney said that "I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom."
The band members have been in jail for more than five months because of an anti-Putin prank in Moscow's main cathedral, and face a maximum seven years in jail.
Celebrities including Madonna and Bjork have called for them to be freed.
LOS ANGELES - Olympic champion Ryan Lochte put his toe in the acting pool for a cameo appearance on the CW drama series "90210."
The swimmer, left, says it was his first acting gig and he was "really nervous" because he "didn't want to mess it up."
He says "everyone was really nice. They helped me out," adding: "Hopefully, I killed it through the end."
Lochte won five medals, including two gold medals, in swimming events at the London Olympics.
The "90210" episode with Lochte will air at 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.
Simpsons' dad charged
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles prosecutors are charging the father of singers Jessica and Ashley Simpson with two counts of drunken driving after his arrest earlier this month.
City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said Wednesday that 54-year-old Joe Simpson faces a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail, 36 months of probation and a $1,000 fine.
He was arrested Aug. 4 after authorities say he registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above at a DUI checkpoint in the Sherman Oaks area.
Simpson is a former minister. He helped make stars of his two daughters by managing their singing careers.
Bobby Brown in rehab
NEW YORK - Bobby Brown has checked himself into rehab.
Brown's representative said in an email Thursday that the R&B singer checked into a "confidential rehabilitation center" last week as part of his agreement following his March arrest for drunken driving in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES - Nicollette Sheridan was not wrongfully fired from "Desperate Housewives," an appeals court ruled Thursday, but the actress should be allowed to pursue claims she was retaliated against for complaining the show's creator Marc Cherry struck her. The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Sheridan's contract was not renewed after the show's fifth season and that barred her from receiving a new trial on her wrongful termination lawsuit.
Simmons' show cancelled
NEW YORK - The A&E Network is kissing Gene Simmons and his family goodbye. The network and the KISS guitarist said that the "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" reality show is ending after seven seasons. It depicted his out-of-makeup life with his colorful family.
Kid Rock donation
DETROIT - The Kid Rock Foundation is donating $250,000 to help build an interactive gallery covering more than a century of Detroit music from jazz to blues to Motown to techno and hip-hop.
The Detroit Historical Society says the 1,400-square-foot Kid Rock Music Lab at the Detroit Historical Museum will feature activities on naming artists from music samples, a station for visitors to create their own songs and Detroit music trivia.
Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper will be among the artists represented in the gallery.