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All-star (also All-Star) is a term designating an individual as having a high level of performance in their field. Originating in sports, it has since drifted into vernacular and been borrowed heavily by the entertainment industry. It can also be used for a group of individuals, who are popular in certain areas.
"All-star" as a sports term refers to an individual named as an "all-star" on a team representing the top performers in a given sport, or to a list of top participants in individual sports such as golf and bowling. Events limited to such honorees are referred to as "all-star games" or events.
In American team sports the premier all-star games are the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, NBA All-Star Game, Pro Bowl, NHL All-Star Game, and the MLS All-Star Game. Many all-star teams, such as collegiate "all-conference" and All-America squads, are recognitions of performance only, without the connotation of those selected ever being teammates in a game.
In gaelic games, the term "all-stars" refers to the GAA GPA All Stars Awards. These awards involve picking a fantasy team consisting of the top players in each position in the various sports (Gaelic football, Ladies' Gaelic football, hurling, rounders and camogie).
The term all-star is often used as a form of publicity gimmick to promote the cast of a movie in which a number of high-profile actors appear, sometimes merely in cameo roles. Well-recognized examples include Grand Hotel (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Ocean's 11 (1960), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Casino Royale (1967), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977) Cop Land (1997), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Dogville (2003), Valentine's Day (2010), The Expendables (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), and Movie 43 (2013).
In television, there are a number of groups who could be considered All-Stars. Many reality competition shows produce All-Stars editions, which feature notable and particularly talented contestants of past regular seasons.
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