Charity to raffle a Picasso for $138

PARIS - For aspiring art collectors everywhere, there is hope.

Sotheby's Paris is giving away a $1 million masterpiece by Pablo Picasso for just $138 in an unusually affordable charity raffle Wednesday.

The 1914 work "Man in the Opera Hat," which features vivid shapes in opaque gouache paint, dates from the Spanish master's cubist period.

Raffle tickets, limited to 50,000, have been available online since April.

The International Association for the Safeguard of Tyr owns the Picasso, and hopes to raise $6.9 million to protect the ancient Lebanese city of Tyr, a UNESCO heritage site.

Winslet gives birth to a son, her 3rd child

LONDON - A spokeswoman for Kate Winslet says the actress has given birth to a son and is "doing great."

Publicist Laura Symons says Winslet had a boy, her third child, last weekend at a hospital in southern England.

She says mother and baby are both doing well.

This is 38-year-old Winslet's first child with hus-band Ned Rocknroll, whom she married last year. She has a daughter, Mia, and a son, Joe, from previous marriages to directors Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes.

Rocknroll is the nephew of entrepreneur Richard Branson.

'Californication' ending its run on Showtime

NEW YORK - The party will soon be over for David Duchovny and the television series "Californication."

Showtime said recently that the series, which stars Duchovny as overly active Hollywood writer Hank Moody, will conclude after a 12-episode final season that begins next April. That will be the show's seventh season.

"Californication" has steadily gained in the ratings and its sixth season was its most-watched.

Showtime President David Nevins says producers have promised a "beautiful and satisfying conclusion" for Moody.

Associated Press