star system

the practice of casting and promoting star performers for their ability to draw at the box office.

1900–05 Unabridged
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star system
1.  astronomy a group of celestial bodies that are associated as a result of natural laws
2.  the practice of casting one or two famous actors or actresses in a film, play, etc, so that their popularity ensures its success
3.  a design for laying cables for cable television in which each house is fed by an individual cable from a local central distribution point

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Example sentences
Each eclipse lasts nearly two years, by far the longest in any known binary
  star system.
If a white dwarf exists in a two star system with a companion it can avert its
  fate and go out with a bang, not a whimper.
We're not a star system and we're not going to take the company public.
The star system has less to do with price than amenities, though the price
  usually increases with the rating.
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