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Kansas City, Mo. -- Scenes of Tom Cruise filled the big screen, but the moviegoers packed inside a Missouri theater focused their attention on the action playing out away from the film: Three local actors and comics cracking jokes about the star's height, his fervent belief in Scientology and some of his cinematic shortcomings.

When it comes to movie theater etiquette, talking back to the screen is right up there with glowing and ringing cellphones and crying babies as no-no's. But now, some comedy crews inspired by the 90's cult TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000" are making the heckles acceptable – provided the movie is cringe-worthy and the jokes non-stop.

The focus of the jokes at Kansas City's Screenland Slams on this particular Saturday night was Cruise's turn in 1985's "Legend," a Ridley Scott-directed romantic fantasy starring a young Cruise as a forest dweller battling the Lord of Darkness and his goblin henchmen. »

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