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Signing on to Amazon TV deal a ‘catastrophic mistake’: Woody Allen

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The typically self-deprecating Allen has been talking down the chances of turning in a successful six-part series of half-hour episodes ever since he did his lucrative deal with Amazon in January. Photo:Supplied
Woody Allen said Friday he made a “catastrophic mistake” signing up to make a TV mini-series for Amazon’s fledgling streaming service, admitting that making television is “very, very hard” compared to

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