The couple wed in 1993 but Owen became depressed during her first festive season in sunny California because she missed the traditional wintry weather in London.
So Shearer invited his pals over to their house for a Christmas sing-song to remind his wife of her roots - and the party inspired the couple to produce their seasonal stage show, Judith Owen and Harry Shearer's Holiday Sing-Along.
He says, "It comes from a party that my wife Judith Owen and I used to have at our house in California cos she was sad - she had moved to California and missed the cold and the damp of the London winter and the London Christmas and she wanted to recreate the feeling of a musical gathering. So we invited our musical friends over. And we would sing and have all sorts of musical friends around, and food and wine would be served, and it was just a way of recreating the warmth of a Christmas musical gathering. So we have now taken it to theatre."
The Monster's Ball beauty held hands with French hunk Martinez as they posed for pictures at the Carousel of Hope event in Beverly Hills, making their first official outing since becoming romantically involved while filming Dark Tide in South Africa over the summer (10).
An eyewitness tells UsMagazine.com the stars were "inseparable" at the bash, while Unfaithful actor Martinez was "constantly leaning in and whispering in Halle's ear, making her laugh".
And the couple appears to be getting serious - Berry reportedly introduced Martinez to her mother, Judith, earlier this month (Oct10).
Berry split from model Gabriel Aubry, the father of her daughter, in April (10). Martinez previously dated pop star Kylie Minogue.
"No, I don't wanna see any of that... If you believe the good ones you say, 'Hey, oh my God, look how fabulous I am!' Just as soon as you do that there's going to be one that says, 'That's the worst thing I've ever seen.' If you believe one, you have to believe the other." Veteran actress JUDITH LIGHT refuses to read reviews of her upcoming performance in Broadway play LOMBARDI, set to debut on 21 October (10).
The Oscar-winner has been spotted cuddling up to the Unfaithful star during breaks from filming their movie Dark Tide in Europe - and now she's taking their rumoured relationship to the next level.
Berry and Martinez were reunited in Los Angeles on Thursday (07Oct10) after a week apart and she took Martinez to meet her mother, Judith.
A source tells People.com, "It was a big deal that Olivier got to meet Halle's mom. It shows that they are getting more serious."
Later, the pair visited French Art gallery Marcelita L'Art et Le The in West Hollywood to socialise with pals.
Studio executives at Warner Bros. recently acquired the film rights from Belushi's estate and have hired Phillips to work on his life story with The Pursuit of Happyness screenwriter Steven Conrad.
Phillips will produce the picture, while a director has yet to be appointed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The actor's widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, will serve as executive producer.
Belushi died from a drug overdose in 1982, at the age of 33.
He has previously been the focus of another biopic, 1989's Wired, which was based on the 1985 book Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi.
The film, featuring Fantastic Four star Michael Chiklis, did not receive the backing of the actor's estate and bombed at the box office upon its release.
Variety reports that director-producer Shawn Levy is set to develop and produce an adaptation of Judith Viorst's beloved children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with his Fox-based 21 Laps production company. The Jim Henson Company currently holds the rights to the story but is assigning them to Fox.
The book, which I'm going to abbreviate AATHNGVBD - well, that's no better, we'll just call it "the book" - tells the story of young Alexander, whose day gets off to a bad start with some gum stuck in his hair, and just stays generally bad until he goes to sleep again. So it's really a sort of Kafka-esque tragedy, a parable for life's absurdity and senselessness. No, just kidding, in the end Alexander's mother tells him everyone has bad days, and we all learn an important lesson about sucking it up and dealing with it.
Viorst's book was adapted for HBO in 1990 as a single half-hour animated show, but has never been the subject of a feature film. No word yet on whether Levy and co. are planning a computer-animated or live action feature, but Rob Lieber is attached to write the screenplay.
Variety notes that Levy won't necessarily direct the film adaptation, but that Henson Co. brought the project to him based on his experience helming similar family-oriented features like Night at the Museum and Cheaper by the Dozen.
Paparazzi photographers Yuri Cortez and Rolando Aviles sued the stars in September (09) after claiming bodyguards had shot at them, shattering the rear window of their vehicle, as they attempted to take unauthorised pictures of the ceremony, which took place last April (09).
Members of Brady's security team spotted the snappers and demanded they hand over their cameras - but the pair attempted to make a fast escape by jumping into a sports utility vehicle, prompting the guards to open fire.
Cortez and Aviles, both citizens of Costa Rica, accused Bundchen and Brady of negligence in hiring and training the security team and filed papers in a New York court, demanding more than $1 million (£666,000) in damages.
But the case was dismissed by New York State Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische on Wednesday (26May10) after she declared there was no reason for the lawsuit to be tried in the U.S.
Gische says, "This complaint must otherwise be dismissed because the court does not have personal jurisdiction over either of the defendants. Costa Rica is a substantially more convenient forum for the parties' disputes than New York."
Cohan passed away on Wednesday (19May10) in Pacific Palisades, California after suffering complications from large cell lymphoma, reports Daily Variety.
The screenwriter began his career as an assistant director/stage manager at U.S. TV network ABC before being drafted into Universal Television's documentary division.
He moved into sitcoms in the 1970s, writing for programmes including The Odd Couple, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and All In The Family. He also directed, produced and wrote episodes of The Bob Newhart Show.
He and his partner Blake Hunter created the Tony Danza series Who's The Boss? in 1984, and also co-created Silver Spoons.
Who's The Boss? star Judith Light has paid tribute to Cohan in a statement which reads: "Marty was such a rare treasure in our business: not only brilliant and funny but with a huge heart and unfailingly kind."
He is survived by his wife Dawn, a son and daughter, two stepchildren and a sister.
Mitchell lost her battle with cancer on 10 February (10). No further details have been released about her death.
The Louisiana-born novelist boasted a string of literary credits including A Wilderness of Monkeys, Love Is Not a Safe Country and The Covenant.
She also wrote and executive produced a string of U.S. TV shows and movies, including 1995 TV movie Young at Heart, Desperate for Love, in 1989, and Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg, in 1994.
She is survived by her husband, Jeremy Tarcher, a daughter and two sons.
Police have launched an investigation into the disappearance of Andrew Koenig, who starred in 1980s TV sitcom Growing Pains, after he missed his flight home from Vancouver to Los Angeles on 16 February (10), the same day as his last known sighting. Detectives also claim his cell phone and bank card were last used on 16 February (10).
Local authorities have been combing the area for the 41 year old after receiving a number of reported sightings from locals on Vancouver Island.
His parents Walter and Judith Koenig flew into the city on Tuesday (23Feb10) to take part in a press conference at the Vancouver Police Department on Wednesday (24Feb10).
During the televised appeal, Koenig fought back tears as he begged Andrew to call just to assure them he is alive and well.
He said, "I just want to know you're OK. If it means you just want to stay here (in Vancouver), that's OK. You don't have to come back. Just let us know that's your intention."
Andrew, who suffered from depression, is reported to have cleared out his Venice, California apartment just days before he travelled to Vancouver.