The actress combats her nerves on chat shows by brushing back her hair and twirling strands and the habit has become a talking point for family members and friends, who have urged her to stop.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in America - her first TV chat of the New Year - on Friday (06Jan12), Alley sat on her hands and told the host, "I always touch my hair in interviews... and so I have a $1,000 bet that I won't touch my hair more than twice. I have two touches."
DeGeneres showed her guest images of her touching her hair in TV interviews and Alley admitted it has become a very bad habit.
She explained, "A friend of mine counted once that I touched my hair 26 times in one interview... I'm neurotic; when I laugh... I laugh and flick."
The actress, who won the bet, also sported her new look on the show, revealing she has had to darken her locks to play an Italian-American woman in a new TV show.
"I'm thinking an ugly man might be the solution... I'm talking about butt ugly, because I go for really handsome men and I think butt ugly, they'll be appreciative." Former Cheers star Kirstie Alley is considering lowering her standards to find a mate.
The Look Who's Talking star will reach the milestone on 12 January (12), and during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Alley told the host, "For my birthday I want an Aston Martin and a tattoo."
DeGeneres obliged by setting up tattoo artist Dan Smith backstage and Alley went under the needle to have her children's initials inked on her right wrist.
The show will air in the U.S. on Friday (06Jan12).
"This has turned into the Happiest Christmas of my life..my children are flourishing & my friends are too!!.. Daddio is doing great! Blessed!" Actress Kirstie Alley is grateful to have her father in good health following his hospitalisation for pneumonia last month (Nov11).
The former Cheers star alerted the authorities after burglars gained entry into her home in Wichita.
She took to her Twitter.com page to tell fans about the scare and warn off any other possible intruders, while threatening to post photos of the apprehended suspects online.
In a series of posts, she writes, "Dear persons who have broken into Wichita house for the 3rd time... Next time (you are) gonna be met with a big dog and an even bigger shotgun... warned.
"We got them on film this time... will Tweet the photos... smile. (Three break-ins) in three days!! Cop & dog on site now."
John Travolta's actress wife has shed 39 pounds (17.7 kilograms) since giving birth to their son Benjamin last year (10) and Preston has now hailed the former Cheers star's Organic Liaison products for helping her get back into tip-top shape.
During an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Friday (09Dec11), she said, "You know my best friend, Kirstie Alley, she created a programme that is so brilliant. It is the first USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) certified organic weight-loss product, but she has all of these products. And they give you energy - there is a cleansing one; one to relax you; one to de-stress you; there are so many different things... and a programme online that takes you by the hand and leads you through it. Just to eat healthfully and exercise, but it's brilliant. And it works.
"I actually took my time purposefully because I really wanted to. You can do it much more quickly, (but) I'm not into the three or four weeks, ...I did it over the course of eight months. You can eat what you want as well. It's not so restrictive and crazy... It really is an entire programme that allows you to be that weight for however long. You can keep it for 10, 20 years. The fad diets - they don't work. You lose weight, you gain it right back - this works."
The former Cheers star, who has struggled with weight issues for years, has been shedding the pounds ever since she was forced to shape up as a contestant on U.S. TV show Dancing With the Stars earlier this year (11).
The actress lost an impressive 100 pounds (45.5 kilograms) since March (11) after adopting a healthy new diet and focusing on a strict exercise regime, and now she is vowing to help others do the same by leading an ultimate dance marathon, beginning on 1 January (12).
She says, "I'm trying to start a grass roots movement and I hope you all join in. I'm doing a hundred days of dance, starting on January 1. What you do is you join in, and whether you dance for 30 minutes or an hour, you dance for 100 consecutive days.
"And I'll video myself dancing, like, for five or 10 minutes and I'll hold a newspaper up so that you can see the date... so you know I'm not cheating. I want everybody in the world to join in on this, it's a fun way to stay fit."
We live in an age where six-year-olds have iPhones most of our possessions live in a "cloud" and even the refrigerator connects to the Internet. Like it or not technology has infused itself into every aspect of our lives—so it seems appropriate (and terrifying) that even Santa Claus' gift delivery operation would upgrade to the 2.0 world. Arthur Christmas the latest film from Aardman Animation (the Wallace & Gromit films Chicken Run) introduces us to the newfangled operation. These days Santa (Jim Broadbent) is just a figurehead for a full-scale war game run by the militant Steve (Hugh Laurie) and his band of black ops elves who cruise the December skies in their souped up spaceship sleigh. Business is conducted in the most controlled manner with each elf equipped with dog food launchers and back-up tape dispensers in case of any on-ground mishaps. On the sidelines is Arthur (James McAvoy) a bumbling black sheep who outweighs the entire force in Christmas spirit but can barely stand on two feet.
The opening deliver sequence is expertly directed by Sarah Smith whose action is reminiscent of the highly energized Ratatouille injected with the quirky British humor one would expect from Aardman. But the dazzling setup doesn't turn Arthur Christmas into a bombastic holiday riff instead using its lead to dig underneath the 2.0 landscape to find true magic. When one present goes undelivered Arthur stands up against his complacent family members to right the holiday wrongs. The anxiety-ridden younger son teams up with his Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and an eager wrapper elf Bryony (Ashley Jensen) hitching up the classic sleigh and venturing into the great unknown all in the name of a young girl who might wake up gift-less.
The trio's adventure takes them around the globe from the busy streets of Toronto to a colorful Mexican town to the planes of an African wildlife preserve. With each wrong turn and each obstacle to overcome (outrunning a pack of lions while wearing reindeer slippers is no easy feat) Arthur's belief in the greatness of Santa and the wonders of the Christmas are tested. For kids it might be a familiar existential crisis but the warmth that accompanies Arthur's triumphant spirit should resonate with those young and old. That's an achievement in a Christmas movie but Smith's delicate balance of sentimentality and over-the-top humor blend and keep the movie moving at lightning speed.
The movie's 3D animation and stereoscopic display are top-notch but the real extra dimension comes from the cast. Aardman has a knack for realizing characters supporting or leads who feel fully developed—and Arthur Christmas is no exception. Smith and writer Peter Baynham (Borat Arthur) know when you trap the Claus family in the result will be brilliance: Steve commanding the floor Grandsanta telling "when I was young" stories Santa falling asleep Mrs. Claus (Imelda Staunton) keeping the peace and Arthur reminding everyone that it's Christmas. That's as real as actual Christmas dinner gets. The elves of the North Pole are equally eclectic and odd—even with hundreds of workers scurrying around the ship each one gets their time to land a joke. Overlaid on the rousing tale his a whimsical score by Harry Gregson-Williams that much like his work on Narnia feels simultaneously fantastical and exhilarating (as any good sleigh ride should).
There are so many Christmas movies in the pantheon of the season that it's almost unimaginable that another could slip in without relying on a gimmick or cynical spin but Arthur Christmas is as warm fuzzy and hilarious as they come. Crafted with authentic joy performed by lively voice actors and subtly imbued with jokes for all ages (no frame goes by without at least one sight or pun gag) those who catch it this year may find themselves returning every season. It's just that nice.
The Cheers star's beloved dad Robert is under doctors' care in her native Kansas, and Alley has asked her online fans to send him their best wishes.
In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Would love and appreciate your sweet attention to my Daddio who is in the hospital W (with) pneumonia... think he just needs me back in Kansas.
"See there Daddio (sic)... bet you are feeling all those lovely well wishes already... you deserve them. U R (you are) the father dreams are made of... thank U.
"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for sending wellness to my Daddio... If U knew him you would know how worthy he is of your love."
Maddie adapts to being a mom, but finds the virtuous woman who raised Arlo a tough act to follow, and she doesn't do herself any favors when she skips their first family dinner to sleep with a football star.
Episode 2. Arlo's Birthday
(AIR DATE 12/11/2013)
After hearing Arlo's karaoke talent at his birthday party, Maddie is thrilled to find a connection with him and decides to make him a star. Against his wishes, she pulls some strings to try to set him up with a record producer.
Episode 3. Little Drummer Boy
(AIR DATE 12/18/2013)
Hoping to lift Arlo's spirits, Maddie, Thelma and Frank decide to finally celebrate Christmas for once. Buoyed by the sudden holidaycheer, Arlo surprises Maddie with an unwelcome gift: her estranged mother (Cloris Leachman). Guest star: Cloris Leachman.
Episode 4. The Girl Next Door
When Kathy Griffin visits the building to look at the penthouse across the hall, a threatened Maddie struggles to contain her insecurities and goes to great lengths to restake her claim as the biggest star in the building.
Episode 5. Mickey & Maddie
(AIR DATE 01/08/2014)
After firing inept but hunky stagehand Mickey (John Travolta), Maddie consoles him with a one-night stand -- then can't get rid of him. Tension arises between Frank and Arlo when Frank asks Arlo's crush to be his tango partner.
Episode 6. Like a Virgin
(AIR DATE 01/22/2014)
When Maddie learns Arlo's a virgin, she enlists her understudy, Brittany (Kristin Chenoweth), to deflower him in exchange for a chance togo onstage. But when Arlo falls in love, Maddie storms the theater to avenge his broken heart.
Episode 7. Maddie vs. Maddie
(AIR DATE 01/29/2014)
Maddie confronts a secret from her past when she runs into the real Madison Banks (Kristen Johnston), a former actress Maddie screwed over to get her big break, who now wants to prove that she should be the Broadway star.
Episode 8. When They Met
(AIR DATE 02/05/2014)
On the Eve of the Tony nominations, Frank infuriates Maddie by admitting he doesn't think she'll get a nomination. To take the attention off the situation at hand, Thelma recounts how they all met.
Episode 9. Thelma's Ex
(AIR DATE 02/12/2014)
Maddie and Thelma clash when Thelma's womanizing ex-husband Duke (George Wendt) comes to town. Worried she could lose her best friend and faithful assistant, an insecure Maddie will do anything to keep Thelma and Duke apart.
Episode 10. Maddie's Agent
Outraged that her co-star is getting jobs, Maddie vows to fire her agent (Jason Alexander). When cowardice stops her from lowering the hammer, she seduces him. Bolstered by her "courage," Arlo, Frank and Thelma face their fears.
Episode 11. The Dinner Party
Maddie attempts to impress Arlo's new girlfriend and her snobby parents. But when one of them catches onto her charade, secrets get revealed.