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By Daily Mail Reporter 02:07 GMT 21 Jul 2016, updated 15:03 GMT 21 Jul 2016
Lara Flynn Boyle was spotted on a grocery run at Ralphs in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old actress, who got her start on the cult classic TV series Twin Peaks in the 1990s, appeared to have a fuller midsection. Her arms and legs, however, looked very slender.
The beauty went casual during her outing with a button-down shirt over a tank top and cargo slacks.
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Boyle also had on a baseball cap and sunglasses with a cross body brown purse.
The brunette star added hot pink sneakers for a splash of colour.
The ex-girlfriend of Jack Nicholson did not seem to have any makeup on and she failed to crack a smile.
Her changing face has been such a hot topic that pros have been weighing in on what she's done.
In 2012, celebrity plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn told Radar Online. 'I suspect that she's either undergone corrective surgery to reverse some of the work that was previously performed, or has just plain allowed the plumping fillers to dissipate, leaving her with sagging cheeks.'
Boyle first rose to public attention with a major supporting role in Twin Peaks, the critically beloved ABC drama that originally ran from 1990 to 1991.
Since then, she appeared in movies like the blockbusting Men In Black II, as well as the Emmy-winning legal drama The Practice, for which she herself got an Emmy nomination.
Her career has been much sparser in recent times. According to IMDb. her last acting credit was on a little-known 2014 children's movie called Lucky Dog.
Moreover, when Twin Peaks' creators David Lynch and Mark Frost announced they were reviving the series for Showtime. Boyle was noticeably missing from their cast list.
This despite the fact the show's original star, Kyle MacLachlan, will be reprising his role on a third season that will air in 2017.
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‘I ’m not into medical dramas,” says Lennie James, relaxing in an old-fashioned Covent Garden drawing room where we’re meeting to talk about, well, his brand new medical drama. “ER ,” he says, “had about 10 episodes where you’d go, ‘Do you remember that ER when. ’” But, in the main, he finds them boring.
Me too, I want to say, but it seems a bit off, given that he has just spent almost a year away from home, to play smouldering Dr Glen Boyle, the trauma consultant star of Sky 1’s new series Critical. Plus, as James points out, this show is far from standard: it plays out in real time. Which is to say that its creator Jed Mercurio (the former doctor who was Bafta-nominated for Line of Duty ) has constructed 13 episodes where the cast have one hour to save one life. “If a procedure takes 12 minutes, we would take 12 minutes to shoot it,” says James. “If a drug takes 30 seconds to take effect, we would wait that 30 seconds.”
After weeks of shadowing doctors at a teaching hospital in London, learning “how to cut, how to suture, how to take blood pressure”, James and the cast switched places so that, when shooting began last February, medical staff were on set to advise on the tiniest details – an approach designed to subtly elevate Clinical from the kind of blood’n’guts hospital drama “that looks good on camera but makes no medical sense whatsoever”. Doctors, it seems, are especially tetchy about the gratuitous use of defibrillators zapping away on screen. Being so faithful to reality could be risky, I say, shortchanging the viewer of drama. “But it’s incredibly refreshing,” says James. “That’s the brilliance of Jed – he finds the drama somewhere else.”
Special ops … Lennie James as Glen Boyle in Critical
The two met and worked together on the memorably gripping first series of Line of Duty in 2012. James played mercurial, charming DCI Tony Gates, whose (spoiler alert) gradual descent into corruption ends brutally. The show became BBC2’s best-performing drama in a decade and a second series was commissioned last year (without, of course, James). “I knew before I started that I wouldn’t be in the second one,” he says. “But I was gutted. I had the best time on Line of Duty – I made friends for life.” James runs through a number of scenarios he came up with, pleading with Jed to bring the character back. “Don’t think I didn’t try,” he laughs. “Jed was having none of it.”
For the best part of three decades James, 49, has been a quietly consistent presence across TV (Channel 4’s Buried, HBO’s Hung) and film (Snatch. 24 Hour Party People. Columbiana). He’s slowly gone from being “that guy from that thing” to getting recognised as himself. The weirdest, he says, was being stopped by a policeman (“I thought, ‘Here we go’”) who wanted to talk about The Walking Dead, and being called out to by name in the street by a homeless man.
It’s a long way from the London care home he and his younger brother Kester spent their formative years in, after their mum died. “I’m not a role model,” he says, though, when I ask if that’s why he remains active as a mentor to young, black, inner-city kids. “I got lucky.” James has been working solidly since he graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988. To date, his longest period without work is five months. “Touch wood,” he says, knocking on the coffee table between us. The problem with being considered a shining example, he says, is that “the emphasis goes somehow on fame and what they fucking insist on calling ‘celebrity’. Boys and men in our community need to be aware of the guy who gets up every morning and goes to the job that he doesn’t necessarily love, in order to support his family. They are the heroes my community need to celebrate.”
‘I knew before I started that I wouldn’t be in the second one. But I was gutted … James with Martin Compston and Vicky McClure in Line of Duty. Photograph: BBC/World Productions
James didn’t talk about his upbringing in foster care until he ended up writing a script about it, for the 2000 BBC film Storm Damage. Starring Adrian Lester and a young Ashley Walters, it tells the story of a teacher who – like James – tried to go back and help the teenagers growing up in the care home he left. He was deservedly nominated for a Bafta for best TV drama, though the recognition was soured at a party when another TV writer insisted the nod only came because James is black.
“He’s a dick and he knows he’s a dick,” says James. “And he knew he was a dick on the day. As always in those situations, it was much more about him than it was about me. The thing he had written hadn’t gotten a nomination and, rather than pick on the other three writers in the category, he picked on the one who looked a little different. And he should have known better.” Still, mature though that response is, it must have been galling? “It was easy to deal with because I knew it wasn’t true!”
James now lives in Los Angeles with his partner Giselle, having moved – with a wave of Britain’s best black talent – to the US in the mid-noughties. He describes their three twentysomething daughters, all pursuing Ivy-league educations, as “Obama’s kids”: mixed race, confident, raised in the belief that any opportunity is theirs for the taking. “I had to make a really big effort to raise my kids in a way that didn’t punish them for the life I had,” he says. Would he want them to act? There’s a tight smile. “They are not going to become actresses, no, but it’s irrelevant if I wanted them to or not. I couldn’t really say no them. I’ve tried to show them the things that matter without being that person.”Can Jed Mercurio's Critical revive the medical drama?
At the same time, he recognises that it would have been a wildly different experience had he had boys. We talk about recent cases of police brutality and all the unwritten rules that apply for a black man: hands on the steering wheel, don’t get out of the car unless you’re told to, never make sudden movements, always be polite and humble even under aggressive harassment. “The first time anyone ever used the n-word on me,” says James, “I was 12. And it was a police officer. It is indisputable, as far as I’m concerned, that when the police are confronted with a black male, they react differently.”
How keenly does he feel the difference between the UK and the US? “It’s different depending on how old you are and the shape you cut. People have guns and that makes a huge difference. The gun is embedded in the American psyche and because the country is politically so split at the moment, with no middle ground, you cannot have a conversation about guns. It staggers me. As for the American Dream – you can reach out and touch it, and as a Brit I am buying into it in a way my African-American friends are not necessarily. They were enslaved, abused and weren’t really freed. They were kept in servitude and subjugation which still, to a greater or lesser extent, permeates the war on drugs and the incarceration rates of black American males. Both are utterly criminal.”
After a long speech taking in culture, Ukip (“fuck Ukip”), Terry Wogan calling The Cosby Show “wholly unrealistic” (“the only time I wanted to write to a presenter and say, ‘You’re an idiot’”), and the state of black masculinity, he sums things up by saying it’s tedious being a political actor by default, simply because he’s not white. “I’m bored of being asked questions about diversity. And then when I say I’m bored, that becomes the answer to a question I wasn’t answering.”
But, for all that he has developed a reputation for playing brooding men battling demons and is measured and thoughtful company, James is terrifically engaging. It’s easy to imagine him being a good laugh on set: while filming 24 Hour Party People, he says, “there were times when the lines were blurred between whether we were filming or just on it. My thing is that we should have a really good time taking things seriously. If I arrive on time and know all my lines, I expect everyone else to. Get the basics right – it’s disrespectful otherwise.” Blimey. What happens if they don’t? “I don’t get arsey, but … Look, we’re in a privileged position to be making a living from acting. Let’s deal with it like it’s brain surgery – and get the job done.”
The Early Show: Lara Flynn Boyle hits the big screen as the villainess, Serleena, in the highly anticipated sequel, "Men In Black II." Close
Lara Flynn Boyle hits the big screen as the villainess, Serleena, in the highly anticipated sequel, "Men In Black II." She faces off against returning stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as she struggles to destroy the world. The actress joins The Early Show to discuss the film.
Boyle plays Serleena, an alien monster disguised as a sexy lingerie model. This seductress is the toughest adversary yet to the Jones-Smith duo.
Smith says, "When J meets Lara, he's quite enchanted by her and he sort of goes off-book, specifically with the part of MIB protocol that specifies all witnesses must be debriefed and neuralized. He's attracted to her and he doesn't want to neuralize her because he wants her to remember him."
Boyle explains, "I think he takes an interest in me because of my reaction to the crazy stuff I see happening. And he kind of starts off in the film expressing his loneliness and maybe wishing there was somebody to have a relationship with - not necessarily boyfriend and girlfriend, but just being able to be himself around someone and have a history. When he sees that I don't get freaked out about seeing people turn into starfish or seeing dogs that talk, maybe he thinks, 'Hey, maybe this is someone I could get to know.'"
Serleena takes hostage the headquarters of Men in Black, the government's alien regulation agency. This forces Agents K (Tommy Lee Jones) and J (Will Smith) to reunite and save the Earth from destruction.
Though Serleena tempts Agent J, she poses an enormous challenge to the MIB's stated mission of protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe. When she is not sexy and beautiful, she is a hideous, neural root creature with frightening ambitions.
Boyle is best known for her work in the popular television series "Twin Peaks" and "The Practice."
Off screen, Boyle has been linked romantically with actors Kyle MacLachlan of "Twin Peaks," David Spade, Jack Nicholson, and Eric Dane. Her mother, Sally Boyle, is her manager.Fast Facts About Lara Flynn Boyle:
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We monitor the news to keep you updated on the release date of Critical series 2. Unfortunately, Sky1 has decided not to renew the series for another season. The show has been canceled.
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Critical is a new British medical drama series that is currently airing on the Sky 1 channel in the United Kingdom. Critical was created by Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodies, Cardiac Arrest) who also serves as an executive producer alongside Mark Redhead (Case Sensitive, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher TV movie franchise) and Cameron Roachon (Waterloo Road, Fortitude). The series is directed by Jon East (Whitechapel), Michael Keillor (Mr. Selfridge) and Philippa Langdale (Waking the Dead). Series 1 of Critical premiered on the Sky 1 channel in the UK on February 24, 2015.
The storyline of Critical is set in a major trauma center, a unit which is used to treat only the most gravely ill or seriously injured. Each new episode features a new and distinctive case and is based on one patient and one patient's life to save in one hour. Critical stars Lennie James as Glen Boyle, trauma team leader; Catherine Walker as Fiona Lomas, vascular surgical registrar and trauma fellow; Claire Skinner as Lorraine Rappaport, consultant trauma surgeon; Kimberley Nixon as Dr. Harry Bennett Edwardes, senior house officer; Neve McIntosh as Nicola Hicklin, consultant nurse and deputy clinical lead; Prasanna Puwanarajah as Ramakrishna Chandramohan, anesthetics registrar and John MacMillan as Justin Costello, staff nurse.
Series 1 of Critical debuted on Sky 1 in the UK on February 24, 2015 and it is set to consist of thirteen one-hour episodes with the finale of the series scheduled to air on May 19, 2015. So far, the reviews of the new medical drama series have been very positive, noting the ground-breaking style and structure of the series. There is a very good chance that Critical will get renewed for another run. However, since there has been no official word yet about the fate of a second series, check back with us for the latest on the television drama, or subscribe to our notifications to get the premiere date of Critical series 2 sent straight to your inbox as soon as it is announced.
UPDATED July 16, 2015: Unfortunately, Sky1 has called time on its TV medical drama Critical. There will be no series 2 for the medical thriller. The decision was most likely driven by rather mediocre viewer ratings, despite the praise the series has received from critics and audiences. The first series of Critical aired 13 episodes from February to May of 2015 and averaged only 192 thousand total viewers per episode. "We are really proud of the acclaim Critical received and its ground-breaking achievements in the production of TV medical drama," read the official statement from Sky. "We would like to thank Jed Mercurio, the team at Hat Trick Productions and all our cast."
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