Robert De Niro calls injury sustained in Oklahoma ‘excruciating’ 

Robert De Niro calls the leg injury he suffered in Oklahoma during the making of Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” “excruciating.”

“I tore my quad somehow,” De Niro said in an interview with Indie Wire. “It’s just a simple stepping over something and I just went down. The pain was excruciating and now I have to get it fixed. But it happens, especially when you get older, you have to be prepared for unexpected things. But it’s manageable.”

De Niro, 77, injured his quadriceps muscle Thursday while at his on-set home in Oklahoma, where Apple Studios’ “Killers of the Flower Moon” is filming in Bartlesville, Pawhuska and Osage County. He flew back home to New York, where his injury is being treated medically.

The injury will not affect production as the two-time Oscar winner was not scheduled to film again for another three weeks, De Niro’s spokesman told The Oklahoman in an email Friday.

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With a screenplay by Oscar winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”), Scorsese’s film is an adaptation of David Grann’s 2017 New York Times best-seller “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” The film will chronicle the murders of Osage Nation citizens in 1920s Oklahoma, after the oil boom made them wealthy. The brutal killings became known as the “Reign of Terror” and the center of a major investigation by the then-fledgling FBI. 

A frequent Scorsese collaborator, De Niro portrays William K. Hale, a powerful rancher and businessman who plotted the killings of several Osage people to rob them of their fortunes and mineral rights. 

During a sit-down with IndieWire alongside Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal ahead of the June 9-20 festival, De Niro said the leg injury isn’t likely to affect his performance as Hale.

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“What I’m doing with Scorsese in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ I’m pretty much a sedentary character in a way. I don’t move around a lot, thank god. So we’ll manage,” he told IndieWire. “I just have to get the procedure done and keep it straight in a certain position and let it heal.”

Following months of preproduction in Oklahoma, extensive set construction has been ongoing over the past several weeks in Fairfax, in Pawhuska and around Osage County for the film. Production is supposed to continue through summer, and the film’s release is anticipated in 2022. De Niro stressed to IndieWire that “Killers of Flower Moon” will not be exclusively a streaming release.

“One of the things is that it has to play in theaters,” he said. “That’s a very strong component of it. By the time it comes out, hopefully it’ll be back to a close-to-normal situation.”

Shinedown announces fall tour, including OKC date

Multiplatinum rock band Shinedown is hitting the road and returning to the stage this fall with a string of new headlining tour dates, including an Oklahoma City show. 

Kicking off Sept. 10 in Newark, New Jersey, and wrapping Oct. 9 in Orlando, Florida, the tour will include a Sept. 24 stop at OKC’s Zoo Amphitheatre. The Struts and Zero 9:36 will be the support acts.

OKC tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at For more details, go to

“Our number one priority has and will always be the safety of our audience. We are elated to finally be able to announce the return of live music. We want to thank all of the fans/family for their patience and understanding over the course of the last year and a half. We know the power of music, and song is what brings us together and unites us ALL,” said frontman Brent Smith in a statement.

Additionally, Shinedown has been nominated for an iHeartRadio Music Award for Rock Artist of the Year. The iHeartRadio awards will air at 7 p.m. May 27 on Fox. 

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Brian Van Holt cast in NBC’s ‘Joe Exotic’ limited series 

Seasoned actor Brian Van Holt has been cast in a key role opposite Kate McKinnon and John Cameron Mitchell in “Joe Exotic” (working title), a limited series based on the the true-crime story of former Oklahoma zoo operator, big-cat owner and political hopeful Joe Exotic. 

Joe Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, but he is also known as Joe Schreibvogel — was convicted in April 2019 of twice hiring someone to kill Carole Baskin, a Florida animal sanctuary operator whose nonprofit organization successfully sued him for more than $1 million for trademark infringement and other civil wrongs. Joe Exotic’s hopes for a pardon from outgoing President Donald Trump went unfulfilled. 

Van Holt will play John Reinke, the manager at Joe Exotic’s Wynnewood roadside zoo who is a loyal employee and friend — until things go too far, according to Deadline. 

Based on the Wondery podcast of the same name, “Joe Exotic” will star Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) in the title role and McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) as Baskin. 

No release date has been revealed yet. 

But NBCUniversal Television and Streaming announced last week that the “bold and provocative” content of the series would be best suited for its streaming service, Peacock, only, rather than its original plan to air “Joe Exotic” across NBC and USA Network as well as the streamer. This should come as little surprise to anyone who has followed the story of Joe Exotic and his big cat-owning cohorts or seen last year’s smash Netflix series “Tiger King.” 

A longtime actor, Van Holt has starred in Fox’s “Deputy,” HBO’s “John from Cincinnati,” FX’s “The Bridge” and ABC’s “Cougar Town” and played many other film and TV roles since the mid-1990s.

Ashley McBryde bringing tour to legendary Oklahoma venue

Four-time Grammy Award nominee and rising country music star Ashley McBryde has announced her “This Town Talks Tour,” kicking off June 12 in Roanoke, Virginia, before heading out to an additional 36 cities across the U.S. into 2022, wrapping on Jan.15, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The tour, which will include the support of Morgan Wade, Priscilla Block, Adam Hambrick and Ray Fulcher, will make an Aug. 5 Oklahoma stop at Tulsa’s legendary Cain’s Ballroom. Tulsa tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will be available at 

After releasing her critically acclaimed sophomore album “Never Will” in April of last year, McBryde and her band, Deadhorse, are eager to get back on the road. 

“There’s a hunger, an angst and a real calling that we’ve all been feeling,” she said in a statement.

It will be the first time “Never Will,” which earned nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and The Recording Academy in the same cycle, has been performed live since its release. Fans can expect McBryde’s set-list to include the gold-certified “One Night Standards,” her current single “Martha Divine,” and the title track “Never Will” among the hard-hitting “American Scandal” and seminal track “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” from her groundbreaking debut album.  

Pre-sale tickets for McBryde’s fan-club The Trybe begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, while the Spotify pre-sale will begin at noon Wednesday. For tickets and additional information, visit

OKC artist Marilyn Artus’ ‘Her Flag’ to be exhibited in Washington, D.C. 

Oklahoma City artist Marilyn Artus’ cross-country collaborative “Her Flag” project will make its Washington, D.C., debut June 9-July 12. 

The 18-feet-by-26-feet flag will be installed on the exterior of the museum’s façade along New York Avenue.

A statement piece that took three years and 36 artists to create, “Her Flag” commemorates the Aug. 26, 1920, adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

The Washington, D.C., museum originally planned to display the massive, multi-hued flag during January’s presidential inauguration. But in the wake of the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, plans to display on the exterior of the National Museum of Women in the Arts were temporarily folded. 

“As much as I would love for it to be there (now), I think the smarter move is to wait,” Artus told The Oklahoman in January. “It would have been amazing, but I have so many privileges and so many things have gone so well with ‘Her Flag’ that it’s OK. What I’ve had to do with the project is just kind of roll with things that didn’t work out like I thought they were going to. I’ve had to just make it work and let go of the part of the idea that I wasn’t going to be able to make happen. So, this is just one of those things that I’m going to have to roll with again.”

As Artus hoped at the time, “Her Flag” instead will be exhibited in the nation’s Capitol during the summer, including through July 4, and the museum is now open for visitors. For more information, go online to

Flatland Cavalry to play free show at Choctaw Casino Durant

DURANT — Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant will host a free concert at the Grand Theater Saturday featuring country music band Flatland Cavalry.

Flatland Cavalry consists of guitarist Reid Dillon, fiddler Wesley Hall, bassist Jonathan Saenz, drummer Jason Albers, multi-instrumentalist Adam Gallegos and vocalist Cleto Cordero and boasts a large fan base drawn to their candid love songs and sing-along anthems.

The show is sure to feature the group’s fan favorites, including “One I Want,” “Missing You,” “Sleeping Alone” and more. The concert is free for guests and a full-service bar will be available. The concert will begin at 9 p.m., and the doors open at 8 p.m.

The Grand Theater at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant is located 4216 S. Highway 69/75 in Durant. To learn more, go to

OSU’s McKnight Center announces new season including Tim McGraw, Bernadette Peters and more

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University’s McKnight Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2021-2022 season, which includes legendary country musician Tim McGraw, Broadway icon Bernadette Peters and more.

The season will run from September to May, with McGraw’s performance headlining a grand reopening weekend of performances in October, while Peters’ appearance is set for Valentine’s Day 2022. Other noteworthy performances include the Philadelphia Orchestra, STOMP and Oklahoman operatic soprano Sarah Coburn.

The McKnight Center’s mission includes providing learning opportunities for the community and OSU students at Oklahoma State University. The third season includes master classes from the season’s artists and unique musical experiences for local schoolchildren. Plus, “The Buddy Holly Story” will re-launch its national tour from The McKnight Center, providing an in-depth artist residency for Oklahoma State music and theater students in September.

“The McKnight Center is one of few theaters in the nation that was able to stay open during the pandemic because of the precautions we put into place to keep our guests safe. We are ready and thrilled to hit the ground running and welcome even more community members back this fall to experience exceptional performances in a safe, world-class environment,” said The McKnight Center’s Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director Mark Blakeman in a statement.

Other notable performances include Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, a revival of the classic musical “South Pacific,” and violinist Itzhak Perlman. The center will host its fourth Annual Chamber Music Festival and welcome back organist Peter Krasinski to perform an improvised music score accompanying the silent film “Nosferatu.”

There will be two National Geographic Live shows, including one related to the Tulsa Race Massacre centennial, titled “Greenwood: A Century of Resilience,” during Black History Month 2022. Family-friendly programs include Doktor Kaboom, a screening of the animated holiday film “The Polar Express” with live music provided by the Tulsa Symphony and more. 

Season ticketholders are currently invited to renew ticket packages, and ticket sales will open to the public in August. Learn more about season subscriptions and event on-sale dates at

The McKnight Center 2021-2022 season

“The Buddy Holly Story” with Artist Residency for Students – Sept. 16-18

Family Concert Series with Doktor Kaboom – Sept. 26

Tim McGraw – Oct. 8

Itzhak Perlman – Oct. 9

“Broadway Songbook: Brian Stokes Mitchell” – Oct. 10

Silent film “Nosferatu,” with Live Organ Accompaniment by Peter Krasinski – Oct. 28

4th Annual Chamber Music Festival – Nov. 4-7

“National Geographic Live Exploring Mars” – Nov. 14

“The Polar Express” with the Tulsa Symphony – Dec. 2

Million Dollar Quartet Christmas – Dec. 9-10

Sarah Coburn In Concert – Jan. 29

Bernadette Peters Valentine’s Day Special – Feb. 14

STOMP – Feb. 18-19

“National Geographic Live Greenwood: A Century of Resilience” – Feb. 24

Philadelphia Orchestra – March 10

Pilobolus Dance Company – March 24

Tower of Power – April 9

“South Pacific” – April 22-23

Family Concert Series with Dan and Claudia Zanes – May 14

— BAM 

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