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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 individual players named to an "all-star" roster or team representing the top performers during and before the end of a season in a given sport, or to a list of top participants who played 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 also used in films, 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 of movies with all-star casts include Grand Hotel (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Tales of Manhattan (1942), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), 12 Angry Men (1957), Ocean's 11 (1960), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), How the West Was Won (1963), Casino Royale (1967), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977), JFK (1991), Pulp Fiction (1994), Heat (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), Rat Race (2001), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Mystic River (2003), Dogville (2003), Love Actually (2003), Bobby (2006), 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-Star editions, which feature notable and particularly talented contestants of past regular seasons.
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- Daniel Hubschman (Feb 14, 2011). "All Star Ensemble Casts". Hollywood.com.