Michael Moore Hospitalized With Pneumonia Ahead of 'Where to Invade Next' Release

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On Friday, less than a week before the release of his latest documentary, the filmmaker revealed he's been in the ICU since Sunday night but said he's getting better and would be discharged later in the day.

Michael Moore revealed Thursday that he's come down with pneumonia and his case is severe enough that he's currently in the Intensive Care Unit at a New York City hospital.

The filmmaker's hospitalization comes roughly a week before the release of his new documentary, Where to Invade Next, which got an Oscar-qualifying run in December before a wide release set for Feb. 12.

Moore provided a quick health update on Twitter on Thursday morning.

On Friday morning, he posted a more detailed message to his Facebook account where he again indicated his busy schedule is likely responsible for his current condition.

"I read somewhere you can't burn it at both ends, and if u do, it's best not to do so in the winter nor anywhere near a place full of toxic water!," he wrote.

He also explained that he'd been in the ICU since Sunday night (even though his Twitter account continued to post new tweets during the week). Although "things didn't look good Sunday night," Moore explained he's now on the mend and will soon be going home.

"Thanks to a combination of good doctors, decent hospital food and 2nd-term Obamacare, I'm doing much better the last couple of days -- so much so that I'm being discharged later today. I'm to return home and rest for the coming days. All appearances for the rest of this week have been canceled," Moore said.

Those appearances, Moore noted, included a Thursday night spot on Conan and a Friday night appearance on Bill Maher's HBO show.

Since he can't promote his film in the week leading up to its release, Moore asked his fans to take it upon themselves to spread the word about the documentary and drum up interest.

"I have to be honest, with my absence this week (and probably into next), I'm now worried about my film's release," Moore wrote. "I can't fly, I have to recover, and in one week (February 12th) this great movie I've put so much of my life into is going to open in theaters -- with little or no assistance from me. So, would it be OK to enlist your help in a sort of quickly cobbled-together 'army' of grassroots foot soldiers, wherein you could pitch in where you live (and on social media) to let people know about my movie?"

He was hopeful that in the digital age, this grassroots strategy could work.

"I know this seems a bit unorthodox, and I've never seen a request like this made before by a director (then again, I could just be on the wrong drugs), but this is the age of social media and we're all trying lots of new ways to do things, aren't we? So why not just appoint each of you as the local PR person for WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, seeing how I can't make it there in person? This will take a HUGE burden off me and give the movie a chance to be seen by millions," Moore wrote.

Moore's film is being released by a still-unnamed new company put together by former Radius-TWC heads Jason Janego and Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. As Moore explained, Janego, Quinn and League were hoping to have him do most of the promotion.

"My other problem is that the distributor hired to release the film is a new start-up company still in formation (the company doesn't even have a name yet). So their plan all along was essentially to have me do most of the work by running back and forth across the country doing interviews and screenings," he wrote. "Naturally, I loved this plan, but none of us stopped to think what would happen if... I got pneumonia! So, they're doing their best now (these are the brave people who worked on the release of the Edward Snowden documentary, "Citizen Four"). If a few thousand of you suddenly became champions and spokespeople for the film, then maybe I/we can pull this off. I would be forever in your debt."

Moore said he'd post some promotional ideas for fans later Friday but offered a few in his early-morning post including sharing the trailer, poster, ads and reviews.

Moore's film, which was originally supposed to be released wide on Dec. 23, enters a crowded Presidents Day weekend in which Deadpool, Zoolander 2 and How to Be Single are all hitting theaters.

I'm writing this to all of you today (Thurs) from the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in New York City. Unfortunately,...

Posted by Michael Moore on Friday, February 5, 2016
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