FRANCO FAN: James Franco is probably used to signing autographs for giddy teenyboppers, but on Tuesday he found himself signing one for Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter. Of course, it wasn’t for Carter himself, who surely doesn’t get starstruck that easily — it was for his daughter, who Carter said was a fan. The occasion was a luncheon at Michael’s hosted by Franco in honor of author Adam Davies’ third book, “Mine All Mine.”
“We’ve had some long conversations at Elaine’s about writing,” said Davies of his actor pal, who will be pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University come fall, as well as simultaneously studying directing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. So Franco wants to write novels? “Sure, why not?” he shrugged nonchalantly.
After 20 minutes of chatting, Carter headed off to his second lunch appointment of the day, with Time managing editor Jim Kelly (“We met 30 years ago this week,” Carter explained), while Franco left for a slightly less intellectual venture: a taping of MTV’s “TRL” to promote his stoner comedy “Pineapple Express,” opening this week.
Meanwhile, the rest of the guests, including Davies, were left waiting for their entrées as Michael’s waiters nervously attended to The New York Times’ restaurant critic Frank Bruni, seated in the back room at a table for four.