Don 2 Sweeps Worldwide Box Office, Kal Penn Calls for Lowes Boycott | Dec. 19 – 23, 2011

Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling appear on The Today Show (Photo: Details)

Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling appear on The Today Show (Photo: Details)

Missed your entertainment fix over the holidays? We’re here to catch you up on what went down out East, West and everywhere in between. “The Office” star Mindy Kaling teamed up with former president Bill Clinton on The Today Show to help last-minute shoppers pick the best books for their loved ones, while Kal Penn said he will boycott Lowes over their decision to pull ads from TLC’s controversial new show “All-American Muslim.” Out in Bollywood, the much-anticipated film “Don 2″ finally hit theaters worldwide.

Bill and Mindy: Odd couple and avid readers Mindy Kaling and Bill Clinton recommended a variety of books on the “Today” show on Tuesday. Their list included political picks from authors like Seamus Heaney and light-hearted books such as Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Lady Gaga’s new book Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson. [Entertainment Weekly]

A New Low: Lowes’ decision to pull their ads during TLC’s new series “All-American Muslim” has led actor Kal Penn to call for a boycott of, and petition to, the company. Penn took to Twitter to voice his frustration, saying  “Our next movie: “Harold & Kumar Do Not Go To @Lowes”. Please take a sec to sign & support an all-American show.” So far over 42,000 people have signed the petition. [Examiner]

Diva-Off: “The Good Wife” star Archie Panjabi presented an award during VH1’s 10th annual Divas Concert. Panjabi, who looked stunning in a black, asymmetrical dress, was joined by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Sherri Shepard, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson. [Daily Mail]

Return of the King: Farhan Akhtar’s “Don 2”, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, hit 41 countries on Friday. Despite all the buzz around the film, critics are giving the action thriller mixed reviews. Nonetheless, audiences are still flocking to see the sequel, with sold out crowds reported worldwide as late as Monday. [Hindustan Times]

Tying the…Not: And in wedding news, those eagerly waiting for Bollywood beauty Kareena Kapoor to tie the knot with beau Saif Ali Khan will have to wait a little bit longer. The couple said they would set a date for their nuptials after the release of their new film “Agent Vinod” but, due to slow production, the film’s February release date is likely to be further postponed. [Emirates 24/7]

Janelle Li-A-Ping is an editorial intern at Divanee.com.