Film studio Dreamworks has taken out a full page advertisement in the trade press to apologise for any hurt caused by the film Dreamgirls.

The film, which has garnered Oscar nominations for actor Eddie Murphy and also supporting actress Jennifer Hudson, depicts the rise of a female band in the heyday of the Motown record label.

Wit a story arc and cast which closely resembles the real-life group, The Supremes, the boundary between reality and fiction had become blurred for many viewers.

As a result, scenes which showed the record label handling illegal funds and bribing radio stations to play their music caused offence among some of those associated with Motown and the groups they promoted in the 1960s.

Now, DreamWorks has sought to apologise for "any confusion" caused, expressing their views in adverts in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety, after discussions between parent company Paramount Pictures and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.

"Dreamgirls is a work of fiction," the studio stressed. "It is also an homage to Motown."

"For any confusion that has resulted from our fictional work, we apologise to Mr Gordy and all of the incredible people who were part of that great legacy.

"It is vital that the public understand that the real Motown story has yet to be told."

Now part of the Universal Music Group, Motown was a pioneering label which included some of the generation's finest musicians, such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

22/02/2007 13:25:14