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Hollywood moment

1. A highly dramatic act or moment, as might happen in a film. I'll never forget that Hollywood moment with my first love, standing out in the rain, awaiting the train that would take her away from me forever.
2. A moment or period of time when one or one's actions are featured in a film. The local sheriff had his Hollywood moment this afternoon as a film crew followed his day-to-day activities for an upcoming documentary.
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Old Hollywood

Describing the period of the American film industry (based in Hollywood, California) lasting roughly from 1920-1960, usually regarded as a time of great glamour and associated with stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. The term is often used to refer to fashions that reflect those of that era. "Casablanca" and "Gone with the Wind" are two very famous Old Hollywood films. I'm not surprised she went with a glitzy Old Hollywood look tonight—it really suited her perfectly.
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1. mod. having phony glitter. Who is this Hollywood dame who just came in?
2. n. a gaudily dressed person in sunglasses. (Also a term of address.) Ask Hollywood over there to take off his shades and make himself known.
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Scott Keys for the Manatee Players' "Kiss of the Spider Woman." Keys switched gears admirably from ensemble prison numbers to Aurora's Hollywoodish moves.
Hollywoodish techniques to present those stories," says Noel Holston, a TV and radio columnist for Minneapolis' Star Tribune.
And I guess that is resolved at the end -- it's a bit Hollywoodish, that, almost marrying the waitress, but all the fear and all the aggression is replaced by some kind of love.
With one hand underneath her arms, the other under her thighs, he lifted her up in the finest style of a Hollywoodish "wedding night." Then suddenly, he decided to take revenge on Alippi for having smiled at him.
One British critic felt that Tunisian Victory was too "Hollywoodish" to be a great combat documentary.
Mona Lisa Overdrive, Gibson's previous solo effort, is set in the Hollywoodish world of Sense/Net, focuses on the manipulation of young stars by various financial concerns, and is shot through with the thematization of commercial sellout.
But the picture of multiple bands of saboteurs running around the country struck many as Hollywoodish and brought into question the vague story of the band of four nabbed in the act.
Schnabel's Hollywoodish message of "give peace a chance" is not only naive but quite distasteful given the complexity of the subject.