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What idiom(s) rather than "talk of the town" can we use to mean a person who is not talked about these days? It may concern a celebrity who is old and not famous among young people. For example:

Few young people know who Chuck Norris is. He is definitely not the talk of the town anymore.

I'm also interested in what we can call a topic which is not so important anymore. For example:

Who to vote for isn't an interesting conversation topic now that the election is over.

  • Talk of the town works for that, too. – Lawrence Jun 4 '18 at 6:55
  • Perhaps too pejorative is the broadened meaning of anachronism: 2. a person or thing that belongs or seems to belong to another time: she regards the Church as an anachronism. [Collins] – Edwin Ashworth Jun 4 '18 at 7:11
  • So last year! ; passe ; has been – Kris Jun 4 '18 at 12:02
  • no longer in the spotlight – Lambie Jun 7 '18 at 18:32
  • "You've had your 15 minutes of fame - you can go now." – Phil Sweet Jun 7 '18 at 23:32
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Yesterday's news,

from merriam webster

something or someone that was popular once, but is not popular now

That actor is yesterday's news.

and

Yesterday's news from Oxford online dictionaries (scroll to bottom of link )

A person or thing that is no longer of interest.

‘Now we hear that he has been charged with adultery and having pornographic material in his possession; the espionage accusations are apparently yesterday's news.’

BSE is not yesterday's news and anyone who relies on governments to guarantee the safety of what they eat simply hasn't been paying attention…’

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old hat.

Used to refer to something considered uninteresting, predictable, tritely familiar, or old-fashioned. (definition reference: Dictionary.com)

Not really used to describe people.

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Washed up would apply to people.

Merriam Webster

no longer successful, skillful, popular, or needed

washed-up athletes

a washed-up actor

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Example 1 : "Few young people know who Chuck Norris is. He is definitely not flavour of the month anymore."

From Cambridge Dictionary flavour of the month :

the most popular person at a particular time: Andy is certainly flavour of the month with the boss.


Example 2 : "Who to vote for isn't a pressing issue now that the election is over."

From Google Dictionary pressing (adjective):

(of a problem, need, or situation) requiring quick or immediate action or attention.

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out of sight, out of mind TFD

you soon forget people or things that are no longer visible or present. proverb

The idioms a 'gone goose' and 'a drop in the bucket' may work for your question too.

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    A computer translation program once rendered "out of sight, out of mind" into French as "aveugle, fou", i.e., "blind, insane". – tautophile Jun 7 '18 at 15:44
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"Has-Been"
https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/has-been
countable noun If you describe someone as a has-been, you are indicating in an unkind way that they were important or respected in the past, but they are not now.

See also the synonyms at http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/has-been
Synonyms for has-been adj no longer in use, in vogue:-
antiquated
archaic
out-of-date
outmoded
anachronistic
ancient
antediluvian
antique
bygone
dated
dead
dead and gone
dinosaur
discarded
disused
done for
dusty
extinct
fossil
gone
had it
has-been
horse and buggy
kaput
moldy
moth-eaten
old
old-fashioned
old-hat
old-school
out
out-of-fashion

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