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Lindsey to play Liz

Lindsay Lohan will portray Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime film about her love affair with actor Richard Burton.

Lifetime on Monday made official a casting decision rumored for months. The network says Lohan will star in "Liz & Dick," with production set to begin in early June.

There was no mention of who will play Burton or when the film will air.

Taylor and Burton met as co-stars of the 1963 epic "Cleopatra."

They fell in love as the world looked on, left their respective spouses and got married. Then they divorced, only to remarry and divorce again.

In recent years, the 25-year-old Lohan has gained her own measure of notoriety in and out of the courtroom. "Liz & Dick" represents a step in her attempted career comeback.


Wyle arrested at protest

Former "ER" star Noah Wyle and more than 100 members of the group ADAPT have been arrested during a Capitol Hill protest to urge Congress not to cut Medicaid.

The protesters, many in wheelchairs, were handcuffed in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building.

Wyle and members of ADAPT say any cuts in Medicaid spending would force people with disabilities and the elderly out of their homes and into nursing homes to get the services they need.


Barrymore celebrates

Drew Barrymore has a lot to celebrate -- and she did just that over the weekend.

The actress, who is reportedly expecting her first child with fiance Will Kopelman, was feted with a combined wedding shower and baby shower in Los Angeles on Saturday evening, a source tells People magazine.

The intimate gathering was attended by close friends and family.

The shower was hosted by producer Leonard Goldberg and his wife, Wendy, at a private home. Goldberg produced the Charlie's Angels movies with Barrymore.


Jolie visits Ecuador in new role

Actress Angelina Jolie visited Ecuador over the weekend in her first such trip as special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency.

Jolie has visited various countries over the past decade as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

The agency says this is her first trip as special envoy since her appointment was announced earlier this month.

The agency said in a statement Monday that Jolie was on her third trip to Ecuador to assess the situation of thousands of refugees who have fled violence in neighboring Colombia.

During a two-day visit, Jolie visited with impoverished Colombian refugees in northern Sucumbios province.

She also met Sunday with Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. The U.N. agency says Jolie encouraged the government to continue providing assistance to refugee families.

-- From News and wire services