"Cat People" is astounding many local observers, not because it's doing decent business--everybody knew that it had enough sex and violence to guarantee that--but because it has picked up at least three highly placed rave reviews, from Newsweek and from both Chicago critics on PBS' "Sneak Previews." And now director Paul Schrader has lined up a full slate of projects. First there's a script adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel "The Last Temptation of Christ," which Martin Scorsese is planning to direct (with Robert De Niro starring in as bizarre a casting of the title role as you're ever likely to find). From there, Schrader will direct a biography of Japanese novelist and actor Yukio Mishima, who ended his own life with the seppuku suicide ritual. Apparently lost in the shuffle somewhere is a dream project: a movie about rock 'n' roll in the Midwest, inspired by Schrader's fanaticism about rock star Bruce Springsteen. (Aurora Productions appears to be taking up the slack, though; they've just taken out multiple-page trade ads to announce the beginning of production on "Eddie and the Cruisers," a rock movie now filming in Asbury Park, N.J.--Springsteen's home town.)