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Brandon Jones

Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news for Examiner, starting and writing for several different websites including the diverse blognews site Desk of Brian. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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Chris Mann discusses ‘Phantom of the Opera’ role, ‘The Voice’ boosting career

Chris Mann will star as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera, opening at the Straz Center in Tampa. He detailed the casting, preparations, his take for fans while speaking with the press ahead of opening More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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Michael G Morales comes home to Tampa with ‘Phantom of the Opera’ as Straz Center

“Pretty cool,” was how Michael G. Morales began when asked about returning to his hometown of Tampa and “home theater” at the Straz Center with Phantom of the Opera. Morales, who lives in More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson honor Robin Williams at ‘Night at the Museum 3′ premiere

The cast of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb paid tribute to their late co-star Robin Williams at the film’s European premiere. Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller and Rebel Wilson were among those who described More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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‘The Jungle Book’ concept art for Disney’s 2015 film

Disney has released the first look at concept art for director Jon Favreau‘s new adaptation, a“live-action.” version of The Jungle Book. The new film will star the voices of Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Bill More...

By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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‘Finding Dory’ explains her origins, not in the ocean, Ellen DeGeneres ‘excited’

Details have been officially confirmed regarding the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo as Disney Pixar president Jim Morris tells Slashfilm that the majority of the film will take place at the Marine Biology More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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‘Inside Out’ previewed in new trailer, character clips

The trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is now available as well as character videos featuring the different “emotions” in the film. From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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‘The Flash’ reveals Reverse Flash and sets up an action packed rest of the season, spoilers

The Flash has fans clamoring and the mid-season didn’t disappoint, fully revealing the Reverse Flash, his identity and having Barry come clean. Comicbook.com points to the rest of the season, maybe revealing More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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‘Exodus Gods and Kings’ Review: Bland, longwinded and nearly God-free

How do you make a film based on the Biblical account of the Exodus with little to no explanation of God? Go endure 2 1/2 hours of Ridley Scott’s bland interpretation and you’d get a taste. Exodus: Gods More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Goldman Sachs: Lower oil prices to cause loss of $1 trillion, many projects ‘unprofitable’

The global oil industry will face a loss of $1 trillion as producers will be forced to cancel a number of key projects if oil prices stay below $60, says Goldman Sachs. Tuesday’s Brent crude trading at $59.9 More...

By Brandon Jones On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Pakistan: Taliban attack school, kill over 130, 100 were students

More than 130 people, 100 being students,were killed and 122 others injured in a Taliban seizure of a military-run school in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, according to provincial authorities on Tuesday. The actual More...

By Brandon Jones On Monday, December 15th, 2014
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‘Phantom of the Opera’ returns to Tampa’s Straz Center

Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group are back with their spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and tickets are currently on sale for the premiere More...

By Brandon Jones On Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Sydney: Five hostages free as Islamic terrorists still hold cafe

Five hostages (staff and customers) have escaped the terrorist siege in central Sydney where at least one armed gunman took ‘fewer than 30’ people hostage. The Martin Place cafe remains surrounded by heavily More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, December 12th, 2014
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House passes $1.1 trillion measure to avoid government shutdown

The Senate vote will be today, but House of Representatives did their part in approving $1.1 trillion in spending to prevent a government shutdown. The bill passed on a 219-206 vote, following an intense lobbying More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, December 12th, 2014
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Dick Cheney on torture report: ‘I’d do it again,’ Bush knew what he ‘needed to know’

 Former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke out to Fox News in an interview about the revolations in the new CIA report on torture. “The report is full of crap,” Cheney says as he justified the tactics More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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New ‘Taken 3′ clip, poster confirm the end for Liam Neeson’s journey

20th Century Fox just released a new Taken 3 clip and poster from director Olivier Megaton‘s action sequel starring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA operative with a “particular set of skills.” More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Congress passes expansion of surveillance without a warrant or oversight

Congress passed a bill which gives unprecedented legal authority to the government’s warrantless surveillance powers and data collection by the NSA, expanding powers to the executive branch. Critics say that More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Three wrong way drivers in Tampa arrested: Matt Kennedy, Bluma Lantzy, Daniel Palmer

In three separate incidents Hillsborough law enforcement officers stopped three drivers traveling the wrong way on area highways in the Tampa, Fla. area. Two drivers were charged with driving under the influence More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Clara McGriff, Florida bus monitor arrested after hitting student

A Florida bus monitor was arrested yesterday on charges of child abuse after she struck 8-year-old special needs student and then pinned him down. Polk County Sheriff’s Office detailed the incident between the More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Government shutdown: Congress battles ‘Cromnibus,’ debt crisis as new deadline looms

Congress is struggling to pass a massive spending package with less than 12 hours to go before a potential government shutdown. In a sign of just how tough Thursday would be, House Speaker John Boehner had a hard More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Florida human trafficking bust leads to over 60 arrests, including former cop

photo Wset10 The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida cracked down on human trafficking and prostitution with a new sting, nicknamed Operation Human Trafficking, which yielded 61 arrests. “We have found More...

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