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Lindsay Lohan is back on screen for the first time in five years – as Liz Taylor. It's a combination that shows the contrast between a real star and a celebrity better known for her rehab

On Sunday night, in the self-proclaimed "television event of the year", Lindsay Lohan will appear in Liz & Dick, playing Elizabeth Taylor in a movie for the Us cable channel Lifetime about her love affair with Richard Burton.

This is Lohan's first starring role in five years, but the fascination surrounding Liz & Dick has little to do with any hope of a great performance. This, it seems, is the first movie to be explicitly marketed around the disastrous life of its own star, making it an indictment of contemporary celebrity as funny as it is upsetting.

A teaser for the film begins with overlaid clips of TV news audio ("She's young and she's got a bad rap", "Lindsay Lohan, »

- Hermione Hoby

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