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Ryan Gosling, the tortured heartthrob of 'La La Land'

Ryan Gosling, the tortured heartthrob of 'La La Land'

Ever since festival-goers got their first look at Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” at the Venice Film Festival back in August, they’ve been enraptured by its magic-hour spell. The retro musical follows Emma Stone’s Mia, a frustrated wannabe actress, and Ryan Gosling’s Sebastian, a passionate jazz pianist, through a year of their relationship.

With music by Justin Hurwitz and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “La La Land” is an ode to both the reveries of classic MGM musicals and the pulsing suavete of Jacques Demy confections like “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.” And it also lets Gosling flex, as a singer and a...

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