Roger Bart, last seen as the harlequin in Broadway's brief Triumph of Love, is one of several actors currently toiling before movie cameras, circling for stage openings.
"I play the manager of a little motel in Louisville, KY, who prevents Russell Crowe from committing suicide. He's a tobacco executive-scientist who basically came out and said that the tobacco makers were cognizant of the fact that ammonia was being added to the nicotine and that they were aware this was addictive. It's based on a true story, but we don't have a title right now. It's only referred as The Untitled Michael Mann Project." Mann previously directed TV's "Miami Vice" series and the most recent remake of The Last of the Mohicans. Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer topline the film.
Bebe Neuwirth has been in and out of Broadway's Chicago -- right now, she's in -- laboring over another untitled flick. "It's a science fiction horror film from the guy who wrote Scream," she said. "Piper Laurie's in it." The director is Robert Rodriguez.
J. Smith-Cameron, a Drama Desk nominee for As Bees in Honey Drown, has been echoing Piper Laurie's Oscar-nominated act in the just-finished sequel to Carrie. "I play the spooky mom of a new girl who has telekenetic powers," she admitted. Amy Irving, one of the few who lived through the 1976 film, is essaying her original role.
Veanne Cox, currently at Manhattan Theatre Club in Labor Day, has a film coming out any day now (Henry Fool), and she just finished a small role in another (You've Got Mail, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan). Also, Cox is awaiting word on a TV pilot, "Me and Henry," in which she plays Melanie Griffith's best friend. Sam Trammell, in the Tony running for his Ah, Wilderness! stint at Lincoln Center, has two films on runway right now: Wrestling With Alligators, which was shown in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, and Fear of Fiction.