Your Sunday Long Reads: Tim Burton, the Future of Modern Family, and Wyclef Jean on Lauryn Hill

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Director Tim Burton signs copies of his Exhibition Catalogue And The "Art Of Tim Burton"  at LACMA where his work is currently being exhibited on May 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Tim Burton. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

It's Sunday afternoon, or: your last chance to read all that stuff you meant to read last week before Monday brings a new deluge of things you will want to read. Below, some of our recommendations:

"Tim Burton, At Home in His Own Head," by Dave Itzkoff (New York Times): The refreshingly self-effacing director talks about his upcoming Disney short, Frankenweenie, his fraught relationship with the studio where he began his career, and how Dark Shadows made a tidy profit, despite all the bad press. 

"Inside 'Modern Family's' Billion-Dollar Winning Formula and How Season 4 Might Change Everything," by Lacey Rose (The Hollywood Reporter): The family is growing up. Can viewers handle it?

"Wyclef Jean: I loved Lauryn Hill and my wife," by Wyclef Jean (Salon): An (really) exhaustive account of the relationship that broke up the Fugees and gave the world "The Ex-Factor." 

"This Year's Model," by Eric Harvey (Pitchfork): Is Amanda Palmer's use of social media (not to mention Kickstarter) part of the DIY tradition, or is it just self-promotion? 

"Fifty Years of Bond, James Bond," by David Kamp (Vanity Fair): With the 23rd installment of the Bond franchise, Skyfall, due out next month, it's as good a time as any to remember when Ian Fleming, a guy named Broccoli, and Sean Connery — the only true Bond, in some people's estimation — worked on Dr. No

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