SideTrack: Uma Thurman, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and more...

April 24, 2017 GMT

CANNES DO: Boston and Amherst-bred Uma Thurman has a great gig lined up for herself — she gets to go to the south of France, watch some cool movies and judge them. There’s probably wine and great bread in there as well. According to Deadline.com, Thurman is set to preside over the Un Certain Regard jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28). That category features works which offer a unique perspective and aesthetic. She’s worked with Quentin Tarantino; no wonder the fest picked her to judge.

HOME RUN: Can you believe “A League of Their Own” is 25 years old? Star (and Wareham native) Geena Davis chatted with USA Today about working on the film, which co-starred Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O’Donnell. Fun fact #1: She auditioned by throwing a ball to director Penny Marshall. “She caught it and said, ‘Okay.’ That was the whole audition.” Fun fact #2: Davis really did that split. “The thing I did not do was get up from it. My character does a Chuck Berry split and then hops right back up,” Davis said. “There was no popping up happening. I was stuck there and had to be helped up.” Fun fact #3: Madonna really slid head-first into bases. “That was painful. But she was so game. She was a trooper (sic).”

OUT AND ABOUT: Mel Gibson stopped by Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square for a jazzy afternoon brunch this weekend. Gibson and girlfriend Rosalind Ross, along with their baby, Lars, and nanny enjoyed Azteca bowls with salmon prepared by executive chef James Lyons. Gibson is in town filming “Daddy’s Home 2” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.