Filmmaker Michael Moore was hospitalized with pneumonia and has cancelled plans to promote his upcoming documentary “Where to Invade Next,” even though he said Friday he was doing “much better.”
Moore said he was admitted to the intensive care unit of a New York hospital on Sunday, but said he expected to be discharged on Friday.
“Let’s just say things didn’t look good Sunday night. But thanks to a combination of good doctors, decent hospital food and 2nd-term Obamacare, I’m doing much better,” Moore wrote on Facebook.
Moore blamed his illness on an exhausting schedule promoting the film, supporting Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, and trying to draw attention to the poisoned water scandal in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.
The guerilla filmmaker enlisted his fans to help promote “Where to Invade Next,” set to open Friday, by sharing trailers and forwarding reviews to their friends and family.
“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,” Moore wrote on Facebook.
“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 [sic] media) to let people know about my movie?”
The Oscar-winning filmmaker is best known for directing documentaries “Bowling for Columbine” (2002), which takes on American gun culture; “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004), which skewers the Bush administration’s response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and “Roger & Me” (1989), about his efforts to talk to the head of General Motors about the impact of plant closures in Flint.
In “Where to Invade Next” Moore once again places himself in the action, as a pseudo conqueror who plants the American flag wherever he goes, baffling onlookers.
The movie actually delves little into US military misadventures abroad.
Instead, Moore uses the term “invasion” to mean plundering other nations’ notions of happy workers, good education, humane prisons and empowered women.
Mayors rush to impose curfews as civil unrest rocks cities from coast-to-coast
Minneapolis was the first to impose curfews designed to prevent protests of police violence after Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on Friday.
On Saturday other cities followed suit, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan imposing a curfew set to start only 14 minutes after her announcement.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a curfew for downtown LA.
Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests
President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.
Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.
BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.
Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.
Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.
Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.
The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.
More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”