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Jake Gyllenhaal tried -- and failed! -- to add Minka Kelly to his little black book.

In the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands Friday), a source claims that Kelly, 31, "declined" an invitation from Gyllenhaal, 31, when he asked her on a date last fall.

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But it wasn't because the "Source Code" actor didn't measure up: at the time, Kelly had recently split with her on-and-off beau, Derek Jeter, 37, and "was trying to patch things up," the source explains.

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Her willpower eventually paid off: she reconciled with the New York Yankees player in December.