By Stephen M. Silverman
August 14, 2003 10:35 AM

CAST: Singer Jewel will star in “Wave,” an independent film about a mother reconnecting with her adult son after spending time in jail for a crime of passion committed when he was a child, says the Hollywood Reporter. Jewel, who made her movie debut in Ang Lee’s 1999 drama “Ride With the Devil,” will play the son’s girlfriend.

SENTENCED: Julius Nasso, 50, a producer of early Steven Seagal films, pleaded guilty in federal court that he plotted to have the mob shake down the action-film star in an extortion conspiracy, reports the Associated Press. Under a plea deal, he will serve one year in prison and pay a $75,000 fine. Despite the plea, Nasso’s attorney told reporters that his client “has no ties to organized crime whatsoever.”

SUED: Alec Baldwin’s former business partner, Corrinne Mann, is suing him, claiming the actor owes her $125,000 of his earnings from a recent TV movie, “Second Nature,” reports AP. Although the film aired on TNT in June, Mann claims in her suit that she helped develop it before she and Baldwin, 45, severed their relationship in 1998. An agent for Baldwin declined comment.

PLEADED:’60s “Wild, Wild West” star Robert Conrad, 73, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol for a March 31 car crash near his rural home in Calaveras County, Calif., reports AP. On Tuesday, a judge ordered Conrad not to drink alcohol and said the actor was not to drive his vehicle more than 6 miles from his home. A preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 18.