New York - (BareCheek Press): Octogenarian Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner has told the magazine's creative directors to book High School Musical starlet Vanessa Hudgens for the publication's Miss Valentine's Day 2008 centrefold shoot "and hang the budget."
Hefner thinks that the Disney actress is poised to become bigger box-office that any current aspiring wannabes:
"She'll eclipse Paris, Lindsay Lohan and Hayden Panettiere all rolled into one," Hefner salivated according to editorial meeting minutes leaked to the press today.
"I want Vanessa draped in diamonds and licking a strawberry lollipop," Hefner has insisted, "reclining on a velvet chaise lounge on top of the Empire State Building during a snowstorm, her nipples erect like summer acorns!
"I want a naked Vanessa astride a white stallion in the Arizona desert while the sun glints on her lithe and lissom body like sprinkled gold-leaf on a latex catsuit!
"And I want Vanessa skinny-dipping in the moonlight as hundreds of angelfish swirl around her naked pre-pubescent-looking body like fireflies around a lotus flower!"
Playboy executives always try to do the best they can for the grand old man of the legendary glamor magazine.
But this latest edict has them flummoxed as the Disney starlet has retreated from the limelight and gone all coy since the previous week's internet publication of her nude photographs.
"We might have to go $3 maybe $4 million before she cracks!" seems to be the general consensus at Playboy HQ.