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Updated: July 15, 2012 3:28PM

This item will creep out a few readers, but please remember: I’m only the messenger!

It seems that “Outlaw Garage” guy Jesse JamesSandra Bullock’s infamous ex-husband — is very enamored with George Clooney’s ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. According to my longtime Hollywood gossip pal Janet Charlton, James’ approach can almost be compared to “stalking.”

The former “Dancing With the Stars” competitor admits she long has been attracted to “bad boy” types, according to a veteran show insider and good friend of Canalis — with legendary “good guy” Clooney being more of an aberration among her relationships.

Post-Clooney, Canalis was an item with Steve-O of “Jackass” fame, so perhaps the James idea might take hold. I’ve heard that she is “intrigued” by the idea of getting to know James.

LOTS O’ LAUGHS: Funnyman Jeff Garlin — back home for “Conan,” a series of charity events and to celebrate his 30 years in the comedy biz — dined with R.J. Melman Tuesday night at RPM Italian. The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” mainstay told me he’s looking forward to a two-week stand-up run at Steppenwolf Theatre this December — a gig that will be filmed for a future TV special.

LOTS IN COMMON: Not only did Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls and his wife Kat both participate in last weekend’s Printer’s Row Literary Festival, but they now have a mutual Disney connection.

The film rights to one of Kat Falls’ young adult novels, Dark Life, have been bought by Disney — with South Side native Robert Zemeckis attached to direct for the big screen. Of course, Bob Falls has his own Disney tie — with his past work on “Aida” and the Goodman’s upcoming world premiere musical of “The Jungle Book,” adapted and directed by Falls’ fellow Tony winner Mary Zimmerman.

MILITARY MOMENT: Country music star (and former serviceman) Craig Morgan and Jack Daniel’s have teamed up for a “Toast to the Troops” on Monday at Navy Pier that will include a “stuffing party” for volunteers to fill 10,000 Operation USO CARE packages for our Armed Forces serving overseas.

The daylong event will include a free concert by Morgan at 7 p.m. on the pier’s east end, with limited concert wristbands already available at the USO’s Navy Pier center.

LEFT OUT: Apparently “Dallas” creator David Jacobs feels dissed by the honchos behind the rebooted TNT series — telling he will receive only a “created by” credit and $714, the Writers Guild fee for a sequel. While not looking for a major role in the new “Dallas,” Jacobs was hoping he’d be tapped for a paid consultant’s gig.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: While in town for the big Museum of Broadcast Communications opening, TV legend Betty White lunched at Joe’s Stone Crab, enjoying a big slice of Joe’s banana cream pie for dessert. … Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was seen having a happy time at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap the other night. … Indycar series and NASCAR owner Chip Ganassi and driver Juan Montoya dined at LuxBar Tuesday night.

JUST A REMINDER: Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) called to make sure everyone knows the upcoming Pride Parade has a new start point: Broadway and Montrose at noon Sunday, June 24.

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