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David Lynch and Duran Duran Launch Initiative for Medical Professionals Fighting Coronavirus
David Lynch and Duran Duran, along with their famous friends, are lending support to aid healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the Center for Health and Wellness of the David Lynch Foundation and the US TM Organization launched a new initiative, called Heal the Healers Now, to bring the transcendental meditation (TM) technique to medical professionals across the country amid the ongoing health crisis. In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, the Twin Peaks creator, 74, said he hopes frontline workers will benefit from meditation. “It’s been said that doctors and nurses are fighting a war — and the enemy is the coronavirus. Many soldiers in war suffer from post-traumatic stress. This same thing is happening to our doctors and nurses. TM will eliminate that traumatic stress and replace it with happiness and inner peace. Please help us get this to our doctors and nurses and all who are on the frontlines fighting this battle,” Lynch said. RELATED: How to Manage Anxiety and Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic “We are thrilled to be collaborating with David Lynch and his Foundation through the Omaze campaign. It is a great opportunity to raise funds that will help support healthcare workers who are holding our world together through these traumatic times,” adds Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes. “It is harder than ever to find peace of mind, so for those who can receive a little help through meditation, it is a wonderful gift to receive.” The Center also established the Heal the Healers Now Fund with all donations raised to be used to deliver the meditation to healthcare providers at no charge. Lynch and Duran Duran are also teaming up with crowdfunding platform Omaze to offer fans a chance to win two experiences: VIP tickets to a future Duran Duran concert (including flights and hotel accommodations along with a virtual photography session with Rhodes) and a coffee date over video chat with Lynch (who will also draw a picture of the winner during the chat). Along with the filmmaker and the U.K. band, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are some of the A-listers supporting the work of the David Lynch Foundation to bring the meditation for free to at-risk adults and youth. In addition, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sting, Russell Brand, Laura Dern, Lena Dunham, Naomi Watts, Mary-Louise Parker, Amy Schumer and Bill Hader have also backed the cause. “With COVID-19 testing our healthcare system’s technology, infrastructure and most importantly human resources, the doctors and nurses taking care of the scared and sick patients – at great risk to themselves – deserve the very best tools to manage their health that we can provide them,” said Bob Roth, Chief Executive Officer, the David Lynch Foundation. “Throughout the years, 5,000 doctors and nurses have learned the TM technique. The goal of the David Lynch Foundation is to teach many thousands more of these heroes over the coming year.” As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. To help provide doctors and nurses on the front lines with life-saving medical resources, donate to Direct Relief here.
Robert Wagner Says Daughter Natasha 'Knows I Never Would Have Done Anything to Hurt Her Mother'
Once she reached her 40s and became a mom herself, Natasha Gregson Wagner had a newfound desire to rediscover her mother Natalie Wood — and protect her legacy. Part of that was addressing the mystery of how she ended up in the waters off of Catalina Island in the early morning hours of Nov. 29, 1981, and addressing the painful speculation that Wood’s husband, Robert Wagner, the man who raised her and her sisters Katie and Courtney, had failed to save his wife and bore some kind of responsibility. It’s a subject Natasha, 49, examines in her memoir More Than Love, excerpted in the current issue of PEOPLE, and the HBO documentary Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, airing May 5. “For so many years we were advised to ignore or not talk about it,” says Natasha. (Her biological father was Natalie’s second husband, Richard Gregson, and she calls both men her dad.) “But enough is enough. I know that if my mom had been in any kind of distress, he would have given his life for her.” “It’s true,” Wagner, 90, says in a rare interview. “She said that because she knows me and she knows that I never would have done anything to hurt her mother.” RELATED: Natalie Wood’s Daughter Says She ‘Was Gripped By the Fear’ Her Mom ‘Was Going To Die’ in New Memoir In the documentary, Natasha asks her father to describe what happened that night on their yacht, the Splendour, after he, Wood and actor Christopher Walken returned to the boat following a dinner offshore where they had all been drinking. He recounts the argument he and Walken had over how much Wood should work, during which she went below deck to bed. When Wagner went to look for her, he saw that both the dinghy and Wood were gone. “Nobody heard anything,” he tells his daughter. As they both fight back tears, he recounts the moment he was told they had found her body. “That night has gone through my mind so many times,” he says. RELATED: Natalie Wood’s Daughter Defends Her Father Robert Wagner: ‘He Would Have Given His Life for Her’ “If he hadn’t been able to go there, we would not have made the film,” says Natasha. She acknowledges she’ll never know with “complete certainty” exactly how her mother ended up in the water because she was alone when she died. “It was a terrible, terrible accident,” she writes, “and the only thing to blame was too much alcohol that night.” She hopes with both projects, the focus will now return to her mother’s life and work. “Natasha really wanted to focus, not how Natalie left us, but how she lived,” says Wagner. “And I think she captured that. It was a long time coming and I’m so proud of her. Believe me, it wasn’t easy. It was something in her heart and soul that she wanted to do.” “The Natalie Wood story is the story of Hollywood and the movies and the golden age of cinema,” says Laurent Bouzereau, who directed the documentary, “but really, it is the story of a family.” Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind will premiere Tuesday, May 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.
Brett Young's Baby Makes a Surprise Appearance on His New Single: 'She Was a Little Musician Before She Knew It'
Before you even hear Brett Young‘s first tender words on his new single, “Lady,” you hear something else: the steady rhythm of his daughter Presley‘s fetal heartbeat, recorded during a doctor’s visit when Young’s wife, Taylor, was just two months pregnant. “Yeah, she was a little musician before she knew it,” Young, chuckling, tells PEOPLE exclusively. But then it’s only fitting that Presley gets to upstage Dad a little since it is, after all, a song that she inspired. RELATED: Brett Young and Wife Taylor Welcome Daughter Presley Elizabeth: See Her First Photo “I always knew I would want to write songs for my children,” says the 39-year-old artist — but this song, released Friday, is much more than that. It’s also a love letter to his wife, an expression of hope that his daughter will one day follow in the footsteps of the woman he calls “Lady.” And not in the Jerry Lewis “Hey, Laaaaadeeeee” way, Young is quick to set straight. It’s actually one of his affectionate nicknames for Taylor — “kind of a joke between me and my wife,” he says — so it was only natural, when the couple learned they were having a girl, that Young began calling their unborn daughter “Little Lady.” He brought that snippet of an idea into the songwriters’ room last July with Jon Nite and Ross Copperman, and once they landed on the concept, the process “happened really, really fast,” recalls Young, who’s just celebrated his sixth consecutive No. 1 with “Catch.” After Copperman worked up a quick demo, Young drove home to share the recording with his pregnant wife. “And of course I couldn’t wait,” he recalls. “So I sent it to her, and of course I missed the part where she was apparently sobbing and weeping listening to it.” Not that the tears have ever ended. Once he got home, Young says, they wept as they listened to the song together for the first time. “Actually,” he adds, “I think she would agree that she probably still gets teared up every time she hears it.” Granting that “it’s okay for the world to know I’m a softie,” Young confesses he isn’t much different from his wife. “It’s difficult to sing on stage,” he says. “I have to almost go blank on purpose and not think about the words, because if I do, it’s hard to get through.” RELATED: Brett Young and Wife Taylor Introduce Their ‘Calm and Sweet’ Daughter Presley Elizabeth: Photos In fact, for a time, Young decided the song was too personal to release to the public. “I thought it was just a gift for my wife and daughter,” he says. But after producer Dann Huff presented him with a finished version — also as a baby gift — Young says he realized “maybe people need to hear this.” View this post on Instagram Heart Explosion // I can’t think of a better way than to celebrate another #1 record at country radio than with my beautiful family. What a blessing and privilege. Thank you all for all the love and support. I’m truly blessed! Hope y’all are staying safe and healthy! -B A post shared by Brett Young (@brettyoungmusic) on Apr 13, 2020 at 4:39pm PDT //www.instagram.com/embed.js The singer says it was his idea to include Presley’s fetal heartbeat on the track, the perfect accompaniment to the song’s first line: “I remember when I first heard your heartbeat.” “Our doctor said, ‘Okay, you probably want to get your phone out and take a video of this because you’re about to hear a heartbeat for the first time,” Young recalls. “And so I videoed it probably a good minute and a half. And of course my wife and I are talking and crying through the whole thing. Luckily, there was a long enough snippet in there where we were quiet, and it was just the heartbeat.” Backdropped by a slideshow featuring Taylor and Presley, Young has been performing “Lady” as the setlist closer on his “The Chapters” tour; it’s the natural spot since the song encapsulates his latest life chapter. Though he was able to perform it only a few times before the tour was postponed in March, reaction has been so overwhelming, he says, that picking it as his new single was a no-brainer. “There were a lot of social media posts by people who’d taken videos at the shows,” he says, “and so we were already getting a lot of requests on social media from people wondering when they were going to be able to get the song. You hope it happens that way — you hope the fans ask for your next single — so that was kind of a fortunate position to be in with this one.” At the heart of the song is Young’s wish for his daughter to “learn how to be a lady” just like her mother. So what does “being a lady” mean to Young? “Well, that’s the whole point,” Young says, laughing. “I have no idea! I’m so grateful that I’m not the one having to teach that.” Turning more reflective, he offers a generous tribute to Taylor: “If I had to put into words what it means when I look at my wife, I think it’s just patience and class and grace and kindness and confidence — all those qualities that we want for ourselves.” Young says he’d always looked forward to fatherhood, and yet he says, once Taylor became pregnant, the idea of actually raising another human being also turned “terrifying.” But those fears (confessed in the lyrics of “Lady”), were eased by the faith he put in his wife. “Knowing that my wife grew up nannying and knowing what she was doing and loving children,” he says, “was the thing that I always circled back to that gave me peace.” RELATED: Why Brett Young Is ‘So Glad’ He Watched His Daughter’s Birth, Against the Advice of ‘Most Guys’ View this post on Instagram L A D Y A post shared by Brett Young (@brettyoungmusic) on Apr 17, 2020 at 8:50pm PDT //www.instagram.com/embed.js Since Presley’s birth six months ago, Young’s faith in his wife’s gifts has been amply confirmed: “Whenever I’m like, I don’t know what to do right here, I just go, ‘Hey, babe, what’s the answer here?’ And she’s always got it.” That doesn’t mean Young has been shirking his parental duties. “I kinda feel guilty admitting this, but I mostly get to experience the fun stuff,” he allows, “but I’m going to take credit for this: I do change my share of dirty diapers. I’m not afraid of a full diaper!” Presley, he says, has also been making parenthood easy. “We’ve been really fortunate with her demeanor and her spirit,” he says, “so yeah … I don’t feel like I’ve screwed her up yet. So that’s the good news.” Though he’s missing the stage, Young says he’s now savoring this unexpected down time with his wife and daughter. Currently quarantining with his wife’s family in Palm Desert, California, Young says he’s been luxuriating in witnessing Presley simply encounter life. “She’ll stare at a ceiling fan for 15 minutes and be enthralled,” says the proud papa. “You’re constantly wondering what she must be thinking. She might be experiencing joy or she might be confused. It’s just so innocent and genuine and telling to the type of little person she’s already becoming. When it’s your child, it’s really special to watch and see.” So has Presley gotten her own private performance of “Lady”? Many times, Young confirms. But the Little Lady seems to have a different preference. “There’s another stupid song that I’ve made up since she was born to get her to stop crying,” he says, “and we end up going to that song a lot more often because it actually still works to keep her from crying.” View this post on Instagram F I V E // M O N T H S As difficult as it is to be away from my girls right now, it’s easy to remind myself how blessed we are that our family is safe and healthy. Sending love and prayers from the Young Family during this strange and difficult time A post shared by Brett Young (@brettyoungmusic) on Mar 21, 2020 at 8:42am PDT //www.instagram.com/embed.js The lyrics change according to the circumstance, Young explains, adding that this one will definitely not be headed for public consumption. No worries: There will surely be more Presley-inspired songs for fans, Young assures. He’s also certain about one more thing. “Daddy will definitely be singing to her her whole life,” he says, “so she better get used to that.”
7 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Save Money While Shopping Online
PEOPLE’s Real Tips for Real Life presents practical answers to some of the most commonly asked questions around finance, employment and preparing for the future—even when that future can seem very uncertain. Back in pre-coronavirus pandemic days, when Suze Orman actually went to the grocery store, if she forgot to give the cashier her phone number when she checked out, Orman’s wife sent her back to get the savings. “She made me go back and do it again,” Orman says. “I’m not kidding.” Similarly, if Orman throws away the junk mail, her wife, Kathy “K.T.” Travis, yells at her for trashing the coupons. Travis keeps her stash of direct-mail coupons and deals stuffed into the side pocket of the couple’s car. “Suze goes crazy that I save all this stuff,” Travis says, noting that her finance expert wife hates clutter. But together, they make money saving fun: After Travis grocery shops, the couple plays a game where Orman guesses how much money Travis saved – oftentimes 20 to 30 percent. “Why spend money when you don’t have to?” asks Orman, of the Women & Money podcast and newly launched finance app (on iTunes here or Google Play here). PEOPLE spoke to Orman and Travis and other shopping experts about how to find the best deals no matter how you’re shopping. “With this pandemic, not only are people wanting to maintain social distance, but they’re also concerned about money,” says Joanie Demer, 37, co-founder of http://www.thekrazycouponlady.com. “Even when this pandemic is over, shopping is going to look different because of this time when we were all forced to consider options.” Here are 7 tips on how to find the best deals whether you’re shopping online, in person or curbside. Tip 1: Be Patient When Orman and Travis shop online, they put an item in their cart – but they don’t click Buy. First, they wait. “We let it sit there and sit there,” Orman says. She almost always gets an email from the company within a few days, offering a promo code or a discount for her “forgotten item” if she completes the purchase. Along those same lines, many online purchases arrive in a box that has a coupon included for 20 percent off the next purchase, Orman says. “So if we want four of something, we order one,” Orman says. “We get it, then we get the ’20 percent off your next purchase’ coupon, and then we order the other three.” Tip 2: Shop Curbside. The best way to save money buying groceries is to schedule curbside pick-up, says Demer, the Boise-based co-founder of thekrazycouponlady.com. There are never any fees – and you can still use a lot of manufacturer and retail coupons, she says. “Kroger sometimes has better deals from the parking lot than they have in the store,” Demer says. Other grocery store chains, including Giant Eagle and H.E.B., still accept coupons too for curbside pickup, she says. Demer prefers to avoid shopping delivery apps like Instacart and Shipt. “I don’t like their fees,” she says. But if you are looking for ways to save, many online delivery services offer promotions for first-time customers; maybe they’ll waive the first three delivery fees. On Costco.com, for example, same-day deliveries are powered by Instacart, and delivery is free with a $35 purchase. Plus, online delivery services offer their own coupons and deals – be sure to click on them, as sometimes they include free delivery. Tip 3: Price Compare At the moment, there are some things you can’t wait to buy. If you see toilet paper or disinfecting wipes online, for instance, they might disappear if you waste a couple days trying to get a better deal. But many things are worth taking the time to research and price compare, says Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot. “Make sure you are getting the best deal before clicking the first offer you see,” Skirboll says. Tip 4: Use a Money-Saver App, No Matter Where You Shop “I buy everything through Rakuten,” Orman says. Rather than going directly to a retailer’s website, she instead first logs onto Rakuten and clicks on a link to her preferred vendor from there. Rakuten then offers a percentage kickback on the purchase in the form of real cash back: They cut you a check or make a PayPal deposit. “It’s highly lucrative,” Demer agrees about Rakuten. “It’s something to consider.” Demer also recommends the rebate app Ibotta, which you can use for Instacart, Target or Wal-Mart purchases. “The way these apps work is, you upload a photo of your receipt. The coupon value is credited to your account as a rebate,” she says. “You’re saving real money.” She also suggests downloading Checkout 51, which works for online shopping. “Checkout 51 is one of the only ones to take your online confirmation as a receipt. It works with delivery packing slips,” Demer says. Another app she likes is Fetch Rewards, which allows you to scan your grocery store receipt – and for everything you buy, you earn points that you can then redeem. “It’s points-based,” Demer says, “but the points convert into dollars.” RetailMeNot, for example, offers a browser plug-in called Deal Finder that detects every available coupon for a website and automatically applies it. She also suggests the app SnipSnap, which allows you to take a photo of a print coupon and convert it into a barcode. Skirboll also suggests downloading the investment app Acorns. Every time you buy something, it rounds up to the nearest dollar and invests the difference. The spare change will add up before you know it. Tip 5: Tip Your Delivery Person – but Also Tip Yourself Quarantine life is hard – so reward yourself. Create a tip jar, and give yourself a reward every time you accomplish a major goal, Skirboll says. Whether it’s doing a yoga video, completing a work project, or having a killer homeschool session, put some money away to enjoy later. Tip 6: Shop in Places You May Not Have Considered Pre-Pandemic When the first toilet paper rolls disappeared from shelves, people were finding they could buy them at Home Depot or OfficeMax. Check out drug stores – they’re running some of the best deals on essential items, whether you buy them online or through the pharmacy window at Walgreens, Demer says. “Walgreens will run their same crazy drugstore promotions they do in-store. It’s made for some incredible walgreens.com deals,” Demer says. “They’ve had toilet paper online in the last 10 days. It never sticks around.” Demer isn’t advising anyone to shop in stores right now due to many state’s shelter-in-place orders – but many parents she speaks to tell her that for whatever reason, they prefer to “glove and mask up” and go to the store and buy things themselves. If you are doing that, she says, consider a drugstore instead of a big box store or grocery for non-perishables. “There will be fewer people in the store,” Demer says, plus, “You can grab those essential items and get a better price.” Tip 7: Shop with a Credit Card that Pays You Cash Back Though you should be using your credit card wisely during these uncertain financial times, when shopping for essentials, you might as well get an even better deal by shopping with a credit card that gives you cash back. Not sure which credit card you should use? Check out Bankrate.com or Nerdwallet.com to compare cards and choose one that makes sense for you, Orman says. She personally loves her Discover and American Express cards because they give her three and five percent cash back – which is like an additional discount on the item, Orman says. Demer loves the 5 percent back that the Target store card offers. She also receives 5 percent back when she uses her Amazon Rewards Visa offers on Amazon and Whole Foods purchases. “That helps get those prices down,” Demer says. Right now, she has accrued $1,500 in rewards on her Amazon Visa. She also loves that the American Express Blue Cash Preferred card offers 6 percent cash back — up to $6,000 on groceries (and some streaming services) each year. “That’s really going to add up,” Demer says. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. 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Tom Selleck on the Future of Blue Bloods: ‘I Don’t Think There Is an End Point’
Blue Bloods is wrapping up its tenth season, but star Tom Selleck says the beloved CBS family drama series could be around for a long time yet. “I don’t think there is an end point,” Selleck, 75, who plays law enforcement family patriarch Frank Reagan, tells PEOPLE. “I think there is a lot of life in the show, as long as you let your characters grow and get older.” Continues the Hollywood veteran: “There is an evolution. It started out as a character-driven show and it’s even more than that now. When you get to a point like this, and we certainly had it on , the audience is really inside the main characters’ heads,” Selleck says, referencing the 1980s series that made him a star. RELATED: Tom Selleck Opens Up About Life on His Ranch and Choosing Family over Fame And Selleck says he’s long felt a “kinship” to his onscreen family, including Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg and Will Estes. “I love them all,” says Selleck. “We’re all friends.” Which is a refreshing change of pace, considering some of the series Selleck had worked on in the past. “I’ve guested on quite a few shows that weren’t always fun,” he says. “There were tensions and egos and civil wars going on, and I said to myself, if I ever get a show, I’m not going to let that happen.” RELATED: Tom Selleck Says He’d Join a Friends Reboot If Asked: ‘It Was a Great Place to Work’ And there are plenty of lighthearted moments on the show, which ceased production early due to concerns over COVID-19. “Our dinner party scenes are like a reunion of friends,” Selleck says. “Sometimes it’s hard for the directors to get us to concentrate. We do the work, and we do it well, but we’re also screwing around and kidding each other and catching up. What we have is truly a blessing.” Blue Bloods‘ season 10 finale airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.